fbpx

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says the manner of his departure from Arsenal “hurts” after a move to Barcelona.

The 32-year-old former Gunners captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was pictured training with his prospective new team-mates after arriving in Spain on Monday.

Confusion reigned, however, when no agreement was reached as deadline day passed but his release by Arsenal now makes him a free agent.

Prior to the completion of his move to the Camp Nou, Aubameyang took to social media on Tuesday night to post a farewell message to the club he has called home since 2018.

In a post on Instagram, Aubameyang wrote: “To the Arsenal fans, Thank you for making London home for myself and my family for the past four years. We went through ups and downs together and your support meant everything to me.

“Having the chance to win trophies and the honour of being the captain of this club is something I will forever keep in my heart.

“I have always been 100 per cent focused and committed on doing everything I can for this club which is why leaving without a real goodbye hurts – but that is football.

“I’m sad I did not get the chance to help my teammates in the last few weeks, but I have nothing but respect for this club and truly wish all my guys and the fans all the best and many successful years in the future!”

The Gabon international returned home early from the Africa Cup of Nations due to health reasons but has not played for Arsenal since being disciplined by the club in December.

He had been linked with a loan move this January, with Barcelona among a number of European clubs who had shown an interest, as well as teams based in the Middle East.

The PA news agency understands that talks progressed with the LaLiga side on Monday and a deal, releasing him from his £250,000-a-week basic salary at the Emirates Stadium, means he can join the Catalan giants outside of the transfer window.

It is believed Arsenal held back on announcing Aubameyang’s departure, four years to the day since he signed from Borussia Dortmund, as a gesture of respect to Barcelona, whose president, Joan Laporta, said on Tuesday the official unveiling may come later in the week.

However, pictures which appeared to show Aubameyang in the back of shot training at Barcelona subsequently emerged.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

About the author

Niall McCaughan

Broadcast Journalist
Sport Social's Broadcast Journalist. Host of the Football Social Daily podcast. Football Commentator for Manchester United, Leicester City and more. Big Pompey fan.
Follow @niallpfc on Twitter

Related posts

Porto confirm Fabio Vieira headed for The Emirates audio
Arsenal continue to move quickly in adding depth
Arsenal confirm Mo Elneny extension audio
Arsenal have confirmed their first contract extension of the summer with Mo Elneny agreeing a 12-month renewal.
Arsenal batter Everton 5-1 on Premier League final day rout audio
Arsenal signed off on the 2021/22 Premier League season with an impressive 5-1 win at home to Everton on the final day.
Preview: Top Four chasing Arsenal head to Newcastle audio
It could be all or nothing for Arsenal on Monday night as Mikel Arteta’s Champions League bandwagon heads to Newcastle.
Find your next favourite sport podcast
Athletics Basketball Cricket Fight Sports Football Golf Horse Racing Motor Racing Rugby Tennis
Sport Social: The home of sport
Arsenal
Aston Villa
Brentford
Brighton and Hove Albion
Burnley
Chelsea
Crystal Palace
Everton
Leeds United
Leicester City
Liverpool
Manchester City
Manchester United
Newcastle United
Norwich City
Southampton
Tottenham Hotspur
Watford
West Ham United
Wolverhampton Wanderers