Aubameyang joins Arsenal from Dortmund, Ozil signs new deal

Aubameyang joins Arsenal from Dortmund, Ozil signs new deal
Published: 31 January 2018 (481 Views)
It's official.

Arsenal has confirmed the signing of striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund for a club-record £56m fee.

Arsenal said in a statement: "Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has joined us from Borussia Dortmund on a long-term contract for a club-record fee.

"Our second signing of the January transfer window, the 28-year-old is one of the world’s most highly-rated strikers. He scored 98 goals in 144 Bundesliga games for Dortmund and had a hand in 172 goals in 213 matches in all competitions for his former club.

"That works out at an average of 96 minutes per goal or assist.

"Auba is the Gabon captain and all-time top goalscorer, and became the first Gabonese winner of the African Footballer of the Year award in 2015.

"This deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes and Auba’s squad number will be confirmed shortly."

Meanwhile, Mesut Ozil has ended months of speculation over his future by signing a new three-and-a-half-year contract to remain at Arsenal until the summer of 2021.

The 29-year-old playmaker becomes the highest-paid player in the club’s history - earning around £350,000 per week before tax - in a deal completed this morning.

Ozil would have been a free agent at the end of the season and was able to speak to foreign clubs from 1 January, but Arsenal tied him to fresh terms after lengthy negotiations.

An agreement was finally reached last weekend and the Germany international put pen to paper at Arsenal’s London Colney training ground earlier today.

It will potentially see Ozil’s career with the Gunners extend to eight years, having joined from Real Madrid in 2013 for a then club record £42.4m, and take him to the age of 32.

The 2014 World Cup winner has registered 36 goals in 182 appearances and is statistically among the most prolific creators of scoring opportunities in European football.


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