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Pierre-Emerick Emiliano François Aubameyang (French pronunciation: [pjɛʁ ɛməʁik obaməjɑ̃ɡ]; born 18 June 1989) is a Gabonese professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Arsenal and captains the Gabonese national team.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
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Aubameyang in 2018
Personal information
Full name Pierre-Emerick Emiliano François Aubameyang[1]
Date of birth (1989-06-18) 18 June 1989 (age 29)
Place of birth Laval, France
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Arsenal
Number 14
Youth career
1995–1997 ASL L'Huisserie Football[3]
1997–1998 Nice
1998–1999 ASL L'Huisserie Football
1999–2001 Laval
2001–2005 Rouen
2005–2007 Bastia
2007–2008 Milan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Milan 0 (0)
2008–2009Dijon (loan) 34 (8)
2009–2010Lille (loan) 14 (2)
2010–2011Monaco (loan) 19 (2)
2011Saint-Étienne (loan) 14 (2)
2011–2013 Saint-Étienne 73 (35)
2013–2018 Borussia Dortmund 144 (98)
2018– Arsenal 21 (14)
National team
2009 France U21 1 (0)
2012 Gabon U23 3 (1)
2009– Gabon 58 (24)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:29, 7 October 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:52, 13 October 2018 (UTC)

Born in Laval as the son of former Gabonese captain Pierre Aubameyang, Aubameyang began his senior career in 2008 after being promoted from the youth-setup at Milan. However, he never appeared for the first team, and was instead loaned out multiple times to Ligue 1 clubs. Although renowned for his speed, having clocked 30 metres in 3.7 seconds,[4] he was often used sparingly on loan until joining Saint-Étienne in 2011. Following multiple good individual performances to guide a depleted team to mid-table in 2012, Aubameyang built upon his performances to include goalscoring the following season. After establishing himself as the core component of the team, he ended the campaign as Ligue 1's second-top goalscorer, with 19 goals, while also winning the 2013 Coupe de la Ligue. This garnered him a move to Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund, for a rumored fee of €14 million.[5]

In Germany, Aubameyang, under the tutelage of Jürgen Klopp, adapted his game from a winger, to a complete forward. Winning the 2013 DFL-Supercup in his debut, he received plaudits for his technical skills and finishing; gaining comparisons to Thierry Henry. In the following seasons at Dortmund, Aubameyang established himself as one of the best forwards in the world, as he recorded 141 goals in 213 games, including a 31-goal haul in 2016–17 as he won the league's top scorer award.[6] However, after only recording another DFL-Supercup and a DFB-Pokal to his name in Germany, he voiced his desire to leave, and relocated to England to join Premier League side Arsenal in a club-record deal worth £56 million (€64 million),[7] making him the most expensive Gabonese player of all time.[8]

At international level, Aubameyang has played 57 matches for the Gabon national team since his debut in 2009, scoring 23 goals. He represented his country in three Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, as well as the 2012 Summer Olympics. For his performances at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, Aubameyang was named CAF's African Footballer of the Year, becoming the first Gabonese player to win the award.[9]

Contents

Club careerEdit

MilanEdit

"My role model? Ronaldo. I think he has revolutionised football with his way of playing. He was dynamic, technically strong and fast. He was an enormous player."

—Aubameyang on the influence of his idol, Brazilian striker Ronaldo, on his own career.[10]

Aubameyang joined Milan's youth team in January 2007. In August, he was part of the squad that finished fourth in the inaugural Champions Youth Cup held in Malaysia, where he made a name for himself and attracted the attention of scouts internationally. He scored against every opponent Milan played, finishing with seven goals in six matches.[11]

Dijon (loan)Edit

For the 2008–09 season, Aubameyang was loaned out to Dijon in France in order to gain first team experience.[12] His performances there led him to appear in World Soccer's Talent Scout section in Summer 2009.[13] He finished with a total of ten goals and two assists in all competitions (two assists and eight goals in the league, two goals in the Coupe de la Ligue).

Lille (loan)Edit

On 24 June 2009, it was announced Ligue 1 club Lille had decided to sign Aubameyang on loan.[14] Relative to his previous season, however, Aubameyang did not perform as well, scoring just two goals in 14 appearances, four as a starter.[citation needed]

Monaco (loan)Edit

For the 2010–11 season, Aubameyang was loaned for the season to Monaco. On 21 August 2010, he scored his first goal for Monaco in an away match against Lens, then scored again on 29 August at home to Auxerre, where Monaco won 2–0.[15] In January 2011, after six months with the club, Aubameyang was loaned to Saint-Étienne until the end of the 2010–11 season, finishing the season with four goals and three assists. In July 2011, the loan was extended for the entire 2011–12 season.[citation needed]

Saint-ÉtienneEdit

 
Aubameyang at Saint-Étienne in 2011

On 22 December 2011, Aubameyang signed with Saint-Étienne on a permanent deal. He was quickly added to the starting line up and was given the number 7 jersey. In February 2012, he scored his first hat-trick against Lorient. He became an integral part of the squad, scoring half of the team's away goals during the season, and went on to be Ligue 1's top goalscorer with 16 goals.[citation needed]

During the warm-up in a match against Lyon, he wore a £2,500 pair of swarovski crystals encrusted boots. On 20 April 2013, Aubameyang was in the starting line-up for Saint-Étienne in the 2013 Coupe de la Ligue Final. Les Verts won the match 1–0 with a goal from Brandão to give Aubameyang his first major trophy as a professional footballer. He finished the season with 18 goals and seven assists in all competitions.[citation needed]

In the 2012–13 season, Aubameyang ended second in the competition's top-goalscorers list, scoring 19 goals and finishing behind only Zlatan Ibrahimović. From his 37 appearances, he also provided eight assists. The season was widely regarded as his breakout year—he appeared in the Ligue 1 team of the season and he won the Ligue 1 African Player of the Year award.[citation needed]

Borussia DortmundEdit

2013–14 seasonEdit

 
Aubameyang with Borussia Dortmund in 2013

On 4 July 2013, Aubameyang joined 2012–13 Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund on a five-year contract.[5] He made his competitive debut for his new club on 27 July 2013 against Bayern Munich in the DFL-Supercup, replacing Jakub Błaszczykowski for the last 18 minutes of Dortmund's 4–2 victory, assisting Dortmund's final goal, scored by Marco Reus.[16][unreliable source?] On 10 August, Aubameyang made his Bundesliga debut and scored a hat-trick against FC Augsburg, including a goal from his first shot in the league. In the process, Aubameyang also became the first Gabonese player to appear in the Bundesliga.[17] On 27 November, he scored his first Champions League goal in a 3–1 win against Napoli in the group stage of the 2013–14 competition.[18] He later took a penalty against 1860 Munich that propelled Dortmund into the next round of the DFB-Pokal, finishing the year with 13 league goals and 16 goals in all competitions.[citation needed]

2014–15 seasonEdit

 
Aubameyang (left) playing for Borussia Dortmund in 2014

On 13 August 2014, Aubameyang assisted Borussia Dortmund's first goal and scored the second goal in a 2–0 victory over Bayern Munich in the DFL-Supercup.[19] After scoring the goal, he celebrated by putting on a Spider-Man mask.[19] In Dortmund's next match, a 4–1 win over Stuttgarter Kickers in the first round of the DFB-Pokal, Aubameyang scored two second-half goals and provided the assist for Adrián Ramos' goal.[20] On 13 September, Aubameyang scored his first Bundesliga goal of the season, netting Dortmund's final goal of their 3–1 win over SC Freiburg.[21] Three days later, Aubameyang scored Dortmund's second goal in a 2–0 win over future club Arsenal in the first group match of the Champions League.[22]

Aubameyang ended his second season in Dortmund with 25 goals from 46 appearances, including one in the 2015 DFB-Pokal Final, where Dortmund were defeated 3–1 by VfL Wolfsburg at the Olympiastadion.[23]

2015–16 seasonEdit

On 31 July 2015, Aubameyang signed a new contract to last until 2020, saying, "Every part of me wants to be here and I have never wanted to leave."[24] On 20 August, he scored a brace as Dortmund came from 0–3 down to win 3–4 at Odds BK in the first leg of their Europa League play-off.[25] By scoring in Dortmund's 1–1 draw with 1899 Hoffenheim on 23 September, Aubameyang became the first player in Bundesliga history to score in each of his team's opening six matches of a season.[26] He later extended this record to eight matches, scoring in the team's next two fixtures against Darmstadt 98 and Bayern Munich, before failing to score for the first time in the Bundesliga season in a 2–0 win at Mainz 05.[27]

On 22 October, Aubameyang scored a hat-trick in a UEFA Europa League match against Gabala FK of Azerbaijan.[28] Three days later, he scored another hat-trick in a 5–1 defeat of Augsburg at the Westfalenstadion.[29] On 8 November, Aubameyang scored the winning goal for Dortmund in a 3–2 Revierderby victory over rivals FC Schalke 04.[30] At the halfway stage of the Bundesliga season, Aubameyang was the league's top scorer with 18 goals from 17 appearances.[31]

On 30 January 2016, Aubameyang scored his 19th and 20th league goals of the season to give Dortmund a 2–0 home victory over FC Ingolstadt.[32] Aubameyang reached 30 goals in all competitions in a 3–1 victory over VfB Stuttgart in the quarter-final of the 2015–16 DFB-Pokal. In addition to scoring himself, he assisted the side's other two goals scored by Marco Reus and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.[33] On 10 March 2016, Aubameyang scored for Borussia in their 3–0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first-leg. A week later, he scored both goals in the 2–1 second-leg victory at White Hart Lane, taking him to 35 goals for the season.[34] In scoring two goals in a 5–1 win against VfL Wolfsburg on 30 April, Aubameyang reached 25 goals in the Bundesliga season, thus ending as the league's second-top scorer behind Robert Lewandowski of FC Bayern.[35]

2016–17 seasonEdit

 
Aubameyang training with Borussia Dortmund in 2017

Aubameyang began his 2016–17 season in the Bundesliga with a double against Mainz 05 on 27 August in a 2–1 victory, while also scoring twice against VfL Wolfsburg on 20 September. Aubameyang scored three days later against recently promoted SC Freiburg, bringing his season total to 5, into a tie atop the scoring charts with Lewandowski early in the season. Following an injury to Marcel Schmelzer, Aubameyang wore the captain's armband for Dortmund for the first time on 22 October, also scoring a goal in the 3–3 draw at FC Ingolstadt.[36]

Aubameyang also got off to an excellent start in Dortmund's Champions League group stage matches, scoring in each of their first leg matches as Dortmund were joint top of their group with Real Madrid. However, Aubameyang was left out of the squad by Thomas Tuchel for their return leg against Sporting CP on 2 November due to an "internal issue".[37] It turned out that he received a one-game suspension for breaking club rules, by traveling to Milan instead of staying in Dortmund.[38] Expected to return that weekend at Hamburger SV, Aubameyang exploded with a four-goal performance in a 5–2 victory, their first in five tries in the Bundesliga, while also assisting Ousmane Dembélé for Dortmund's final goal.[39]

On 19 November, Aubameyang scored the only goal of a 1–0 defeat of Bayern Munich at the Westfalenstadion. This was Dortmund's first Klassiker victory in the league since April 2014.[40] On 7 December, Aubameyang scored Borussia's first goal in a 2–2 comeback draw with Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium to secure qualification to the next stage as group winners.[41] On 16 December, Aubameyang scored his 100th goal for Borussia Dortmund in a 2–2 draw away to 1899 Hoffenheim.[42]

On 4 March 2017, Aubameyang passed 20 Bundesliga goals for the second consecutive season with two goals in a 6–2 defeat of Bayer Leverkusen.[43] Four days later, he scored a hat-trick in a 4–0 win over S.L. Benfica to put Dortmund into the quarter-finals of the Champions League.[44] On 20 May, Aubameyang scored twice in Borussia's final day defeat of SV Werder Bremen to end the season as the Bundesliga's top scorer with 31 goals.[45]

ArsenalEdit

On 31 January 2018, Aubameyang signed for Premier League club, Arsenal, for a club record fee, [7] reported to be £56 million.[8]

2017–2018 seasonEdit

 
Aubameyang (left) celebrating a goal against Burnley in Arsene Wenger’s last home game as Arsenal manager. 6 May, 2018

On 3 February, Aubameyang made his debut for Arsenal against Everton in the Premier League in a 5–1 home victory, scoring the team's fourth goal, chipping the ball over a grounded Jordan Pickford.[46] After missing the Europa League matches against Östersunds FK for the Gunners due to being cup-tied, Aubameyang registered his first away goal for the club in the team's 2–1 away defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion.[47] Aubameyang registered his first assist for the team, setting up Henrikh Mkhitaryan's goal in a 3–0 win over Watford, Aubameyang also scored the Gunners' second goal (which was assisted by Mkhitaryan), rounding the goalkeeper.[48]

Aubameyang kept up his fine goalscoring form by scoring twice in Arsenal's 3–0 home win against Stoke City. Aubameyang's goals against Stoke (one of which was also his first converted penalty for the club) made him the first player to score five times in his first six games for the club.[49][50] He netted his second brace for Arsenal, in manager Arsène Wenger's final home game for the club, opening and closing the scoring, whilst also assisting Alex Iwobi's goal, in an eventual 5–0 win over Burnley.[51] Aubameyang followed this up by scoring the only goal in Arsenal's 1–0 away win against Huddersfield Town. Aubameyang ended the season with ten goals and four assists in thirteen Premier League games and was the last goalscorer for Arsenal under Arsène Wenger.[52]

2018–2019 seasonEdit

Aubameyang scored his first goal of the new season in a 3–2 away win over Cardiff City. After a flick from Alexandre Lacazette, Aubameyang took a touch, before curling the ball past the Cardiff goalkeeper. Aubameyang's strike from outside the box ended his personal run of 76 consecutive goals from inside the box in club football and was also his 150th goal in league football.[53] Aubameyang made his European debut for Arsenal, in the 4-2 home win over FC Vorskla Poltava, scoring two goals, before being substituted for Mesut Özil in the 57th minute. Aubameyang's goals meant that he had been directly involved in 12 goals in 10 appearances for Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.[54]

International careerEdit

 
Aubameyang playing for Gabon against South Korea at the 2012 Summer Olympics

Aubameyang was invited to play for Italy U19s after a good season with Dijon, but he debuted for the France under-21 team in February 2009 in a friendly match against Tunisia.[55]

Aubameyang was also eligible to play for Spain because he has Spanish nationality. However, he decided to represent Gabon because his father once captained the team but maintains close relationship with Spain and dreams to play in the Spanish league.[56][57]

On 25 March 2009, Aubameyang was selected for the Gabon national team[58] and made his debut for the squad. He scored his first goal in a 3–2 victory over Morocco, then scored a goal each in friendly matches against Benin, Togo, Algeria and Senegal.[citation needed]

Aubameyang was a key member of the Gabon national side that reached the quarter-finals of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations as co-hosts of the competition. He netted three goals in total, finishing the tournament as one of the top scorers. On 5 February 2012, he set up the opening goal for his team and hit the post in the quarter-final against Mali. However, the match ended 1–1 after extra time and Aubameyang had his penalty saved in the shootout to decide the game.[citation needed]

In July 2012, Aubameyang represented Gabon at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. He scored in the team's opening game against Switzerland, which was Gabon's first-ever Olympic goal, and would also prove to be Gabon's only goal of the tournament. They were eliminated in the group stage.[citation needed]

On 15 June 2013, Aubameyang scored a hat-trick of penalty kicks in Gabon's 4–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying win over Niger. He then scored a brace against Burkina Faso in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Qualification.[citation needed]

Aubameyang captained Gabon at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, scoring the team's opening goal of the tournament in their 2–0 win over Burkina Faso on 17 January 2015.[59] He also scored a brace against Mali on 25 March 2015. He is Gabon's highest goalscorer. He rejected a callup for a pivotal World Cup qualifier at home to the Ivory Coast, which they lost 3–0.[60]

Personal lifeEdit

Aubameyang is the son of former Gabonese international Pierre Aubameyang and younger half-brother of Catilina and Willy, who have both played for Milan youth teams.[61] His mother is Spanish.[62]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 7 October 2018[63]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Milan 2007–08 Serie A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dijon (loan) 2008–09 Ligue 2 34 8 4 2 1 0 39 10
Lille (loan) 2009–10 Ligue 1 14 2 0 0 1 0 9[a] 0 24 2
Monaco (loan) 2010–11 Ligue 1 19 2 1 0 3 0 23 2
Saint-Étienne 2010–11 Ligue 1 14 2 14 2
2011–12 36 16 0 0 2 2 38 18
2012–13 37 19 4 2 4 0 45 21
Total 87 37 4 2 6 2 97 55
Borussia Dortmund 2013–14 Bundesliga 32 13 6 2 9[b] 1 1[c] 0 48 16
2014–15 33 16 4 5 8[b] 3 1[c] 1 46 25
2015–16 31 25 4 3 14[a] 11 49 39
2016–17 32 31 4 2 9[b] 7 1[c] 0 46 40
2017–18 16 13 1 3 6[b] 4 1[c] 1 24 21
Total 144 98 19 15 46 26 4 2 213 141
Arsenal 2017–18 Premier League 13 10 1 0 14 10
2018–19 8 4 0 0 0 0 1[a] 2 9 6
Total 21 14 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 23 16
Career total 319 161 28 19 12 2 56 28 4 2 419 212
  1. ^ a b c Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ a b c d Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ a b c d Appearance in DFL-Supercup

InternationalEdit

As of match played 12 October 2018[64]
Gabon national team
Year Apps Goals
2009 7 2
2010 10 3
2011 5 0
2012 8 4
2013 4 3
2014 4 2
2015 10 5
2016 4 2
2017 4 2
2018 2 1
Total 58 24

International goalsEdit

As of match played 8 September 2018. Gabon score listed first, score column indicates score after each Aubameyang goal.[65]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 28 March 2009 Stade Mohamed V, Casablanca   Morocco 1–0 2–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 11 August 2009 Stade de l'Amitié, Cotonou   Benin 1–0 1–1 Friendly
3. 19 May 2010 Stade François Coty, Ajaccio   Togo 2–0 3–0
4. 11 August 2010 Stade 5 Juillet 1962, Algiers   Algeria 2–0 2–1
5. 17 November 2010 Stade Michel Hidalgo, Sannois   Senegal 1–2 1–2
6. 23 January 2012 Stade d'Angondjé, Libreville   Niger 1–0 2–0 2012 Africa Cup of Nations
7. 27 January 2012 Stade d'Angondjé, Libreville   Morocco 1–1 3–2
8. 31 January 2012 Stade de Franceville, Franceville   Tunisia 1–0 1–0
9. 14 October 2012 Stade d'Angondjé, Libreville   Togo 1–2 1–2 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
10. 15 June 2013 Stade de Franceville, Franceville   Niger 1–1 4–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
11. 2–1
12. 4–1
13. 11 October 2014 Stade d'Angondjé, Libreville   Burkina Faso 1–0 2–0 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
14. 2–0
15. 17 January 2015 Estadio de Bata, Bata 1–0 2–0 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
16. 25 March 2015 Stade Pierre Brisson, Beauvais   Mali 2–2 4–3 Friendly
17. 3–2
18. 5 September 2015 Stade d'Angondjé, Libreville   Sudan 4–0 4–0 Friendly
19. 9 October 2015 Stade Olympique de Radès, Tunis   Tunisia 1–1 3–3 Friendly
20. 25 March 2016 Stade de Franceville, Franceville   Sierra Leone 1–0 2–1 Friendly
21. 2 September 2016 Khartoum Stadium, Khartoum   Sudan 1–1 2–1 Friendly
22. 14 January 2017 Stade d'Angondjé, Libreville   Guinea-Bissau 1–0 1–1 2017 Africa Cup of Nations
23. 18 January 2017 Stade d'Angondjé, Libreville   Burkina Faso 1–1 1–1
24. 8 September 2018 Stade d'Angondjé, Libreville   Burundi 1–1 1–1 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification

HonoursEdit

 
Aubameyang in 2011

AS Saint-Étienne[63]

Borussia Dortmund[63]

Individual

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