Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang immediately fertile goals in Barcelona. Investigate, Xavi Hernandez great for choosing Auba because of a recommendation from Mikel Arteta!
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was a Barcelona signing from Arsenal at the end of the winter transfer window, last January. Aubameyang’s contract was terminated early by Arsenal and finally anchored to Camp Nou on a free transfer.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang immediately hit the mark with Barcelona. He packed seven goals from seven matches in the Premier League!
Aubameyang also scored two goals in four matches in the Europa League. The 32-year-old striker has really transformed into a Blaugrana goal machine.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang immediately on fire with Barca! (AP/Manu Fernandez)
Reported from Daily Mail, apparently Xavi Hernandez had some doubts about signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. That’s when Xavi contacted Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta.
Xavi and Arteta are good friends. Both are from Barcelona and contemporaries in the academy team (Xavi is three years older).
Interestingly, Arteta and Aubameyang have a less harmonious personal relationship. That’s because, Aubameyang had several times indiscipline that made Arteta annoyed.
Aubameyang and Arteta (Getty Images/Catherine Ivill)
In fact, Mikel Arteta did not hesitate to remove the captaincy from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s arms. But apparently, Arteta gave Xavi Hernandez a professional opinion about Aubameyang’s potential.
From there, Xavi became convinced to sign Aubameyang. The Gabon striker paid for Xavi’s trust with his goals.
On the other hand, Arteta and Arsenal did allow Aubameyang to leave. Because it is believed, Arsenal’s departure can make the club’s balance sheet healthier because of his expensive salary (Rp 6.6 billion per week).