By Sir Hardly Anyone
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has joined Arsenal for £56m. You might recall that this is transfer deadline day, but I thought I would mention it again, just in case you nodded off.
There is still the expectation that Olivier Giroud will go to Chelsea and Michy Batshuayi from thence to Borussia Dortmund.
The transfer of Aubameyang was tied up after he passed a medical and his agent sorted out the fine tuning on the deal at London Colney.
On the Dortmund web site their sporting director, Michael Zorc, wrote, “Apart from the unpleasant episodes in the past few weeks we would like to remember that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at BVB was a real success story.
“In this team he performed superbly for Borussia Dortmund and scored many important goals and was part of the team that won the German Cup in 2017. We wish Pierre-Emerick all the best for his future at Arsenal.”
Sven Mislintat, who previously worked for Dortmund is the man who is credited with pushing the whole thing through having brought Aubameyang to his employers from Saint-Étienne.
Mr Wenger said, “Yes, it is good news. We need people who can give us more offensive power. At the moment, we aren’t enough going forward and I am convinced he will give us that.
“He has a big challenge in front of him. He wants to do well in the Premier League. It is absolutely good news for us. His pace, his finishing. The quality of his runs. His huge physical capacity, that will be important in the Premier League.”
Here’s his record
Aubameyang has a remarkable scoring record as the percentage column shows – with his figures growing year by year. We can see that he slipped back in his first year with Borussia Dortmund from 0.47 goals a game to 0.33 goals a game, so maybe we should expect a slower start, but he moved up year by year. The last two years of around 0.87 goals a game is extraordinary.
Hopefully his appearance in the team will take the pressure off Lacazette who will not be looked at to score in every game, and can now get his own goal scoring back up to the speed he had with Lyon where he was scoring 0.82 goals per game in his final season.
Then with all this going on the Guardian published this
Looks like being a quiet day in the the half of north London apart from the deal to sign Lucas Moura for £25m.
The what half? The “the” half. The dark half? Of course what they meant to say was the “blue” half, or maybe the favoured half, or maybe “the half we love to promote”, but before we could stop chuckling we got this…
Mesut Ozil signs a new three-and-a-half year contract to remain at Arsenal until summer 2021. Becomes highest-paid player in club history on around £350k per week before tax. Deal agreed last weekend, signed at Colney this morning. Could take him to 8yrs at AFC.
- Konstantinos Mavropanos, from PAS Giannina, £1.9m
- Henrikh Mkhitaryan, from Manchester United, swap
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, from Borussia Dortmund, £56m
- Stephy Mavididi, to Charlton Athletic, loan
- Francis Coquelin, to Valencia, £12m
- Tafari Moore, to Wycombe Wanderers, loan
- Theo Walcott, to Everton, £20m
- Alexis Sánchez, to Manchester United, swap
- Ben Sheaf, to Stevenage, loan
- Marcus McGuane, to Barcelona, undisclosed
A nice end to the shattering window. We can now sit back and enjoy everyone else have a frantic time of it.
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