Aubameyang: Mkhitaryan convinced me to sign

Aaron Ramsey scores the opener during the Premier League game between Arsenal and Everton

Aubameyang has subsequently apologised to the German team's fans on Instagram following the month-long saga but his former boss is still not happy after he had to put up with similar behaviour from Ousmane Dembele over his move to Barcelona past year.

"They are all aware of it".

"But he also had the notion that we owed to him because in 2016 he opted for us and decided against very lucrative offers amid the exits of [Mats] Hummels, [Ilkay] Gundogan and [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan".

The Gabonese striker's £60million move to Arsenal was one of the more stunning transfers of the January window - and it came a week after Mkhitaryan, who he played with at Borussia Dortmund, signed from Manchester United.

The striker, who scored on his Gunners debut, a 5-1 drubbing of Everton on Saturday, has explained that the opportunity to reunite with Mkhitaryan is what convinced him to sign for Arsenal.

" Following Dembele and Aubameyang, there is now an overriding interest for the club - we need to get a better structure into our squad again."




In fairness to the new Arsenal frontman, he had the honesty to own up to his bad behaviour, posting a message on Instagram in which he said "sorry for everything that happened over the last month".

"Maybe it wasn't the best way but everyone knows that Auba is insane - and yes, I'm a insane boy!"

"But I only wanted to be honest and always gave everything for the club".

"I made mistakes but never in bad intentions".

"I don't know if I could have done it like Auba did", he told SportBild via Sport Witness.

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