Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang called his participation in Barcelona on Thursday “a chance of a lifetime” and supported the club to regain its place among Europe’s elite. Aubameyang was officially presented at the Nou Camp after his signing was confirmed on Wednesday. The 32-year-old was allowed to transfer free of charge after Arsenal ended his contract. His contract with Barca runs until 2025, although there is a cancellation clause and a buy-out clause of 100 million euros in June 2023. “I’ve always dreamed of playing in La Liga,” Aubameyang said.
“It’s an incredible opportunity for me, it’s been a dream since I was little and it’s the opportunity of a lifetime. Barca are one of the best clubs in the world and I’m very happy to be here.”
Barcelona are hoping Aubameyang can help solve the team’s scoring problems this season and make a difference in their battle to finish in the top four of La Liga.
Plagued by debts of more than a billion euros and still recovering from the shocking departure of Lionel Messi, Barca are no longer the strength they were.
They were knocked out of the Champions League in the group stage this season and are fifth in La Liga, 15 points behind leader Real Madrid.
“I know that little by little we will return to the top,” said Aubameyang.
Aubameyang could make his Camp Nou debut on Sunday in a crystal-clear La Liga game against Atletico Madrid, who have Barcelona by a point in fourth place.
But the striker probably lacks sharpness. His last appearance for Arsenal was against Everton on December 6.
“I haven’t played a game in a long time, but in my head it’s very clear that I’m ready to play and help,” Aubameyang said.
“I’ve talked to the boss a bit and he sees me as a number nine, but if he ever needs me to play on the wing, I’m ready to play there too.”
Aubameyang has scored 92 goals in 165 appearances for Arsenal but fell out with coach Mikel Arteta after a series of disciplinary issues.
“I don’t think I did anything wrong,” said Aubameyang. “I think (the problem) was just with him. He wasn’t happy. I was calm and that’s it.”
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