Good morning Arsenal fans
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is finally a Barcelona player – two years after new boss Xavi warned them against the transfer.
The 32-year-old penned his deal at the Nou Camp only 48 hours after Arsenal cancelled his contract to enable him to sign on a free transfer.
Speaking on his move to the Catalan giants, Aubameyang said: “I’m very proud, especially because my family is Spanish from my mother’s side.
“I’m really proud and happy to be here. My main goal is to help the team and give everything I can to bring the team back into the Champions League and stuff like that.
“I’m just happy to be here and I will try to give everything.”
And fellow ex-Gunner Mesut Ozil was quick to send Aubameyang his best wishes following the striker’s move to Spain.
On social media, Ozil wrote: “All the best bro.”
Meanwhile, the Gunners may have to also replace Alexandre Lacazette this summer after Lyon ramped up their interest in the French star.
The Ligue 1 outfit have vowed to go all out for the striker when the season draws to a close.
And a free transfer agreement could be close, with Lyon’s sporting director Vincent Ponsot revealing he is in constant contact with Lacazette’s representatives.
Finally, the Gunners are fully focused on the future and are planning the biggest spending spree in their history with up to £180million budgeted for summer signings.
Billionaire owner Stan Kroenke is keen to show his faith in manager Mikel Arteta by providing the funds for a major squad upgrade.
That means coming up with the cash for two top-class strikers and an established central midfielder.
Alexander Isak, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ruben Neves have all been identified as the kind of hungry young players required to take Arsenal to the next level.