Arsenal have signed Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund for a club record £56m. The Gunners set out their stall early on to secure the services of the Gabon player, but had two initial bids rejected by Dortmund. The move then came down to not only the funds, but the German side being able to get a replacement. That it was Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi who joined the Bundesliga outfit on loan until the end of the season, for the move to proceed, Olivier Giroud then made the cross capital switch to join Chelsea. Aubameyang arrives with a record for scoring record of 141 goals in 213 games for Dortmund, including 21 in 24 matches this season. The 28-year-old – who was the 2015 African Footballer of the Year – has joined Arsenal on “a long-term contract.”

Aubameyang’s arrival will not only ignite the spark into Arsenal’s season, but will also see his re-uniting with former Dortmund team mate Henrikh Mkhitaryan who arrived a matter of weeks earlier.

” Finally! I’m really happy to be here. Of course I can join Micki in this team, so I’m really happy to be here in this great team. I think the club has such a big history and great players like Thierry Henry. He’s an example for us strikers. I’m really happy, like I said before,” said Aubameyang.

Sighting Henry as one of his best players is certainly the right way to look at things and if he is able to replicate anything like the former France Gunner, then these will be exciting times at the Emirates.

“I’m a fast player and I score goals too, like Henry a little bit. But as I said, I have to work a lot more. I hope that we will come back to the top as soon as possible. I will do my best to join in.”

Aubameyang was named Bundesliga player of the year in 2016, and was the German top flight’s most prolific scorer with 31 goals last season. He has played 56 times for Gabon, scoring 23 goals.

Aubameyang is in line for his Arsenal debut at home to Everton on Saturday, and will wear the number 14 shirt.