With the Premier League game in the balance at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon – following goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Ashley Barnes to see the score locked at 1-1 – Gabonese marksman Aubameyang popped up in the 64th minute to secure a second straight win for Arsenal at the start of the 2019/20 season.
His goal was a 34th in just 51 Premier League appearances since his move to the Gunners in January 2018 from Borussia Dortmund. The French-born player was prolific at the German giants (he scored 141 times in five seasons at the Westfalenstadion) and he looks set to continue that trend in London.
The 30-year-old started his senior career at Italian giants Milan (though he made no competitive appearances for the Rossoneri) and represented Dijon, Lille and Monaco on loan from 2008 to 2011. His career then took off when he went to Saint-Etienne, first on loan and then permanently – he scored 41 goals in 97 appearances for Les Verts before Dortmund came calling in 2013.
On the international front, ‘Auba’ represented France at junior level before switching allegiance to Gabon (the nationality of his father Pierre Aubameyang, who captained the Panthers) in 2009. He has racked up over 50 caps for the national team and represented the country at four Africa Cup of Nations and the 2012 Olympic Games.
‘Auba’ will be looking to stamp his authority in a match which will feature feature fellow African superstars Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, while Joel Matip and Naby Keita could also represent the continent.
Born: 18 June 1989 in Laval, France
2008-2011 AC Milan (Italy) – 0 appearances / 0 goals
2008-2009 Dijon (France, loan) – 39 / 10
2009-2010 Lille (France, loan) – 24 / 2
2010-2011 Monaco (France, loan) – 23 / 2
2011-2013 Saint Etienne (France, loan then permanent) – 97 / 41
2013-2018 Borussia Dortmund (Germany) – 213 / 141
2018-present Arsenal (England) – 67 / 43
France U-21 – 1 cap, debut 11 February 2009
Gabon U-23 – 3 caps, debut N/A
Gabon – 51 caps, 20 goals, debut 28 March 2009