Gabonese international Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has joined Olympique de Marseille for three years, the Marseille club announced on its website on Friday. “Come on OM … See you in Marseille”, thundered the striker in a short video released by his club on his Twitter account, while the latter echoed “Aubameyang lightning on Massalia. The Gabonese striker joins Olympique de Marseille”, always on the same social network.
– Olympique de Marseille (@OM_Officiel) July 21, 2023
Passed in particular by Lille, Monaco, Saint-Étienne, Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal, Aubameyang has initialed a contract which binds him to OM until 2026. Recognized scorer, Aubameyang, who arrived free, reinforces the offensive sector of the Marseille team trained by the Spaniard Marcelino, also arrived in the off-season, while doubt remains about the extension of the Chilean Alexis Sanchez. Aubameyang is therefore Marseille’s third major recruit, after the arrivals of Franco-Central African midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia from Atlético Madrid and Brazilian side Renan Lodi, a defector from Nottingham Forest where he was on loan from the Colchoneros.
Symbol of the rebirth of the Greens
The native of Laval, now 34, was trained at AC Milan, who successively loaned him to Dijon in Ligue 2 (2008-2009) to harden up before a new loan to Lille the following season. But wanting to benefit from playing time that he cannot find in the bloated workforce of the Lombard club, he is forced to stay in the French league, this time in Monaco.
But it is in Saint-Etienne that the young striker will prove to be an outstanding scorer, pushing the Saint-Etienne leaders to exercise the purchase option included in the Milan loan. Paying choice since Aubamayang then becomes the symbol of the rebirth of the Greens who win the Coupe de la Ligue under the direction of Christophe Galtier (2013).
Prolific goalscorer at Dortmund and Arsenal
He then signed for Borussia Dortmund, attracted by his scoring skills. In five years spent in the Ruhr, Aubameyang will assert himself as one of the most prolific international strikers with a whopping 141 goals in 213 matches, with the key being the title of top scorer in the Bundesliga at the end of the 2016-2017 season.
With the Arsenal shirt, Aubameyang still knows success by becoming one of the Gunners executives with whom he will win the FA Cup (2020), the Community Shield (2020) and a Premier League top scorer title (2018-2019 season). With their arrival in the Marseille city, OM, which is playing in the preliminary round of the Champions League, will be able to count on their experience to hope to climb into the group stage in September.