Arsenal Most Expensive Player 2019
Who is Arsenal’s most expensive player in 2019? Who is the worth the most at Arsenal? Here we look at Arsenal’s most expensive player in 2019.
Arsenal have a lot of stars in their team. Players such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil are all worth a lot of money. But who is Arsenal’s most expensive player?
Who is Arsenal’s most expensive player?
Despite Unai Emery making 6 signings this season, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang remains the club’s most expensive signing ever.
The Gunners signed Aubameyang for €63.75m from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018. He has scored 28 goals in 45 appearances so far for the club (until 12 February 2018). The Gabon international was the last player to be brought into the Emirates by legendary Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger.
Beginning Of His Career (AC Milan)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined the AC Milan youth ranks in January 2007. He scored 7 goals in 6 matches for the club in the Inaugural Champions Youth Cup in Malaysia to impress plenty of scouts.
He, unfortunately, could never break into the Milan senior squad and spent his 3 seasons with the club away at France while on loan.
First, he spent a season with Dijon FC, scoring 8 goals in 37 appearances. Then he spent a season with LOSC Lille, managing just 2 goals and 2 assists in 24 games across all competitions.
He could muster a very similar record during his time with AS Monaco but was moved out to Saint-Etienne permanently in December 2011. The agreement stated that the Ligue 1 outfit will loan him from Milan for the remainder of the 2010/11 campaign and sign his permanent right in the summer.
Career Progression: Saint Etienne
Aubameyang was handed the number seven jersey by the Ligue 1 outfit and was quickly added to the club’s starting lineup. He scored his first hattrick for the side against Lorient on February 2012.
The 29-year-old collected his first trophy with Saint Etienne after appearing in the final of the 2013 Copa de la Ligue and seeing his team through a 1-0 win.
As a young attacker, Aubameyang played both as a winger and a striker. He ended up scoring 41 goals in 97 appearances for the club while also contributing 26 assists.
In the 2012/13 season, he ended up finishing behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the Ligue 1 top scorer’s list. That was Aubameyang’s breakout year which quickly made one of the most popular strikers across Europe.
Aubameyang’s Success At Borussia Dortmund
After bidding a tearful goodbye to Robert Lewandowski, the Borussia Dortmund camp immediately picked up Aubameyang on a 5-year contract after appearing in the 2012/13 Champions League finals.
At the time, little did anyone know how much of a prolific figure Aubameyang will truly become at the Signal Iduna Park. He became the first Gabonese player to appear in the Bundesliga and scored a hattrick during his debut appearance for the side. He finished his debut season with 16 goals across all competitions.
He finished the second season with 25 goals in 46 appearances, seeing the club through a DFL Pokal trophy win over by beating Bayern Munich 3-1 in the finals. In July 2015, he signed a contract extension set to last till the summer of 2020.
The consecutive season, Aubameyang racked up yet another tally of 25 goals and finished second in the Bundesliga scorer’s list behind his professional nemesis but also close friend, Robert Lewandowski.
Aubameyang finally managed to surpass the Pole during the 2016/17 campaign, recording 31 goals and being named as the German top-flight’s highest goal scorer.
Aubameyang’s Move To Arsenal
After interests came in from Arsenal, Aubameyang expressed interest to leave Dortmund. He was highly unsettled during the start of the 2017/18 and even had to face disciplinary charges from the club. The Gunners finally managed to sign him up on transfer deadline day to help them make a run for the Premier League top-four spots.
Aubameyang scored on his debut in the 5-1 victory over Everton on 3 February 2018. He finished the season with 10 goals and 3 assists in 13 Premier League appearances.
Despite playing in the same position as Alexandre Lacazette, Aubameyang has continued his scoring form by netting 15 so far into the 2018/19 Premier League season, third behind Sergio Aguero(17) and Mohamed Salah(16).
National Team – France (Youth Level)
Aubameyang was born in Laval, France as the son of former Gabon captain, Pierre Aubameyang. He was invited to play for the Italy U19s after his impressive season with Dijon but the striker chose to make his debut for the France U21s in February 2009.
He made just one appearance for France before shifting his allegiance to Gabon.
National Team – Gabon
Aubameyang was eligible to play for Spain but he chose to follow into his father’s shoes. He appeared for the Gabon U23 side before getting selected for the senior squad on 25 March 2009.
He scored his first international goal in a 3-2 victory over Morocco and then scored in every following friendly fixtures against Benin, Togo, Algeria and Senegal. The centre-forward played a key role in Gabon’s quarterfinal run in the 2012 Africa Cup Of Nations. He also scored Gabon’s only goal in the Olympics against Switzerland in the 2012 games, held in London.
Now, Aubameyang has 20 international goals to his name in 51 caps for Gabon.
- Coupe de la Ligue: 2012/13
- DFV Pokal: 2016/17
- DFL Supercup: 2013, 2014
- Ligue 1African Player: 2012/13
- Ligue 1 Team Of The Year: 2012/13
- CAF Team Of The Year: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
- Prix Marc-Vivien Foe: 2013
- UEFA Europa League Squad Of The Season: 2015/16
- Borussia Dortmund Player of the Season: 2014/15
- Bundesliga Team Of The Year: 2016/17
- African Footballer Of The Year: 2015
- Bundesliga Player Of The Year: 2015/16
- Facebook FA Bundesliga Player Of The Year: 2016
- Bundesliga Top Goal Scorer: 2016/17 (31)
- Premier League Player Of The Month: October 2018