Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has left Arsenal, the club announced on Tuesday, paving the way for the striker to sign for Barcelona as a free agent. The former Gunners captain, 32, was visible in Barcelona training footage posted on social media on Tuesday. The Gabonese striker arrived in Spain on Monday just before the end of the January transfer market. But the clubs did not announce a deal before the deadline passed. His departure from Arsenal makes him a free agent, capable of signing out of the window.
“Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has left the club by mutual consent,” the Premier League club said in a statement.
“We wish Aba all the best for the next chapter in his career and we thank him for his contribution to the club.”
He has not played for Arsenal since he was suspended by the club in December. He was reportedly one of the highest-paid players in the Premier League with a base salary of around £250,000 (€300,000 or $330,000) a week.
Aubameyang joined Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund on the last day of the January 2018 transfer window for £56m, a club record at the time. In almost exactly four years at the club, he appeared in 165 official matches and scored 92 goals.
In January, Aubameyang was part of Gabon’s squad at the African Cup of Nations in Cameroon, but he missed the first two games with coronavirus before being sent home after team medical staff said they had detected “cardiac injuries”. ”
The British Press Association reported that Arsenal delayed announcing Aubameyang’s departure as a gesture of respect to Barcelona, whose president Joan Laporta said on Tuesday that the official unveiling could take place later in the week.