According to reports by UK Mail, Arsenal new boy, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has enjoyed his first training session since joining Arsenal – but the 28-year-old was forced to practise alone as he looks to hit the ground running in north London.
The Gabon striker, who moved to the Emirates from Borussia Dortmund for £56million, was the standout Premier League signing on a busy deadline day. Aubameyang could make his debut for the Gunners in Saturday’s clash with Everton. And on Thursday he was put through his paces away from the rest of Wenger’s squad. The 28-year-old, who has scored 21 goals already this season, was all smiles as he went through some ball drills and shooting practice at the club’s London Colney base.
He was also greeted by his new manager, Wenger, and put through dribbling drills by a member of the Arsenal coaching staff. Aubameyang became the club’s most expensive player when he signed on Wednesday. He is also now the best-paid star in their history, having put pen to paper on a three-and-a-half-year contract worth £180,000 per week. He was part of a deadline-day merry-go-round that also saw Olivier Giroud leave the Gunners for Chelsea and Michy Batshuayi quit Stamford Bridge to replace Aubameyang at Dortmund. The Gabon international will wear the famous No 14 shirt at the Emirates following Theo Walcott’s departure to Everton. And the forward hopes to add his own chapter of history to the shirt.
‘First of all I’m really happy I’m here,’ Aubameyang told Arsenal’s official website. ‘And of course I can join Mhki (Henrikh Mkhitaryan) at the club so I’m happy to be here in this great team.’ He added: ‘The club have such a big history of great players like Thierry Henry. It’s an example for us strikers.’