Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has left the club by shared permission ahead of his transfer to Barcelona on a free transfer.
Aubameyang trained with his new Barcelona team-mates on Tuesday after agreeing a dramatic Deadline Day move to the Spanish giants from the Gunners.
An Arsenal statement on Tuesday night verified Aubameyang's exit: "We want Auba all the best for the next chapter in his profession and thank him for his contribution to the club."
Speaking at an interview on Tuesday, Barcelona president Joan Laporta said the club intended to reveal the 32-year-old today, together with fellow new signing Adama Traore, who re-joined the club from Wolves.
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Aubameyang has actually not played for Arsenal because December 6, and was neglected of their squad for their warm-weather training school in Dubai.
Aubameyang, who scored 92 goals in 163 games for the Gunners and won the FA Cup in 2020, leaves the Emirates with 18 months left of his contract worth ₤ 350,000 a week.The Premier League club are approximated to be making a saving of around ₤ 25m in salaries with Aubameyang's departure. However his exit suggests Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will end up the season with simply 2 acknowledged strikers in his team, with both Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette out of contract in the summer.
The deal for Aubameyang to sign up with the Catalan side had looked off previously on Deadline Day after talks broke down over the financial part of the deal.
But it is understood that Aubameyang took a significant pay cut to help with the move.
The Gabon captain leaves Arsenal after four years at the club, having actually signed up with from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018 for a then club-record fee, comprehended to have been ₤ 60m.
Analysis: A threat for Arteta and Arsenal
Sky Sports News' Kaveh Solhekol:
" This is a big risk by Mikel Arteta, since what happens if Aubameyang goes to Barcelona and scores a lot of goals?
" It simply demonstrates how much Arsenal are backing the judgement of their manager. Arteta is saying 'I know he is our finest goalscorer, he is the club captain, he is the highest earner at the club for disciplinary factors l don't desire him at the club'. It's a big, big call." I understand he is leaving Arsenal under a bit of a cloud but there are also a great deal of good memories. His ratio of goals to games is right up there with the great players.
" Arsenal supporters will say 'we are weaker now than we were at the start of the window'. But in this instance, you need to back Mikel Arteta's judgement - that is what the Arsenal owners are doing."
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Analysis: Aubameyang had actually lost his way
The drop in performance levels has been so terrific that it is most likely worth advising individuals that Aubameyang was a world-class striker for much of his time at Arsenal.Certainly, from the day of his debut for the club in February 2018 until the day of his double against Everton in February 2020, no player scored more Premier League objectives. He scored 49 times in that period, the like Mohamed Salah and a dozen more than Harry Kane.
" There was a noteworthy highlight after that when he scored twice in Arsenal's FA Cup final win over Chelsea in the summer of 2020. But nearly as quickly as his new contract was signed that September, there has actually been a sense of decline, of a player whose finest days are behind him.
" Stripped of the captaincy, frequently the management has actually needed to originate from in other places. It is the young players driving Arsenal on under Mikel Arteta, not their best-paid player. That is a circumstance the club understands well having been through comparable with Mesut Ozil. It can not last." At 32, there will be hope that Aubameyang could yet recapture his finest type, inspired by new environments and the challenge of restoring Barcelona to their former magnificences. At Arsenal, any regret will be tempered by the feeling that it is time for the club to move on."
Merson: 'Arsenal require a striker'
Paul Merson informs Sky Sports News that a potential move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Arsenal to Barcelona ticks boxes for both clubs
Paul Merson told Sky Sports:
" If Alexandre Lacazette puts the open goal opportunity away against Burnley, it is task done and no one is groaning at all.
" Everyone would be speaking about how great an outcome that would have been for Arsenal with a tidy sheet too. It's 1-0 to the Arsenal and whatever is fantastic. But he misses out on an open goal and all of an abrupt, they have actually just scored one goal in January, which can be found in their best performance by a mile.
" That's the problem Arsenal have. You are not going to win excessive without a centre forward." I understand individuals will say Manchester City do, however they still have to win the Champions League playing with an incorrect 9. They likewise have super stars all over the pitch and are probably the only team in the world that might do that." So, Arsenal need a centre forward."