Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang admits he gave up his £350,000-a-week salary at Arsenal because joining Barcelona ‘is an opportunity you have once in a lifetime’… and reveals how he and Mikel Arteta buried the hatchet before he left
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had been frozen out of Arsenal by Mikel Arteta
- He left Arsenal and joined Barcelona in a dramatic deadline day move
- Aubameyang scored a hat-trick at the weekend in their 4-1 victory over Valencia
- He said he gave up his salary to get his ‘dream’ move to Barcelona last month
Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang has admitted he gave up his £350,000-a-week salary at Arsenal in order to join Barcelona.
The 32-year-old had been banished by Mikel Arteta and stripped of the captaincy after returning late from a personal trip abroad in December.
A month later, he left Arsenal by mutual consent before joining Barcelona in a dramatic deadline day move at the end of the January transfer window.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got his ‘dream’ move to Barcelona after leaving Arsenal
Speaking to Mundo Deportivo, the striker revealed that he knew he could end up signing for Barcelona a week before the deal went through.
He said: ‘I really wanted to go to Barca. I gave up my salary because it is an opportunity that you have once in your life.’
Barcelona had been interested in signing the Gabon striker back in 2020 but were unable to pull off the move.
Aubameyang has revealed he and Mikel Arteta buried the hatched before his Gunners exit
Aubameyang had been frozen out of the Arsenal team due to disciplinary issues a month before he left
Aubameyang though has now got his ‘dream’ move and has made a promising start to life at the Catalan giants, scoring a hat-trick at the weekend in their 4-1 victory over Valencia.
In doing so he became the first player to score a hat-trick in the Premier League, LaLiga, Bundesliga and Ligue 1.
The striker also revealed in the interview that he and Arsenal boss Arteta buried the hatchet before his departure from the Emirates.
He confirmed that the Spaniard personally wished him good luck after the Gabon striker signed for Barcelona.
Aubameyang scored a hat-trick for Barcelona in their recent 4-1 victory over Valencia
His exit looked inevitable after being frozen out since December, 6 and being left out of their squad for their warm-weather training camp in Dubai.
The forward was however a huge hit during his time with the Gunners, scoring 92 goals in 163 games.
At Arsenal he won the FA Cup and Community Shield and in his interview with Mundo Deportivo he said he had his sights set on winning LaLiga and the Champions League with Barcelona down the line.
This season though he is keen to win the Europa League, especially after losing in the final with Arsenal to Chelsea back in 2019.
In the Europa League play-offs, Barcelona drew their first leg 1-1 with Napoli at the Nou Camp.
He said: ‘I want to win games and this Europa League. It’s been a thorn in my side since 2019. We must win in Naples.’