Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang breaks silence on Barcelona decision to sign Robert Lewandowski


    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has competition for his place at Barcelona following the arrival of Robert Lewandowski
    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has competition for his place at Barcelona following the arrival of Robert Lewandowski (Picture: ESPN)

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has welcomed Barcelona’s decision to sign Robert Lewandowski despite his arrival throwing his own future into doubt.

    The former Arsenal captain completed his acrimonious departure from the Gunners in January and hit the ground running at Camp Nou, scoring 13 goals in all competitions and helping his new club secure Champions League qualification.

    Despite their perilous financial position, Barcelona have embarked upon an ambitious summer recruitment drive that is showing no signs of letting up with Cesar Azpilicueta and Jules Kounde potentially joining a new-look team capable of challenging Real Madrid.

    Aubameyang and Lewandowski have experience of playing together before, combining to score 44 goals in their year together at Borussia Dortmund and the Gabon international is anticipating more of the same.

    He said: ‘I was really excited because I know him well we played together at Dortmund and had some nice times over there.

    ‘I was just happy and when this was official we are reunited and we had some fun words about the past, but I’m really happy because this is how Barcelona will compete, with great strikers and that’s what this club is all about.

    ‘Obviously I think we have more experience, we can maybe do better than the past in Dortmund I am sure about that. Personally, I will try to give my best and I’m sure he will do it. We will hope we have better numbers than in the past.

    Barcelona have completed the signing of the summer in Robert Lewcandowksi
    Barcelona have completed the signing of the summer in Robert Lewcandowksi (Picture: Getty)

    Aubameyang struggled during the latter stages of his Arsenal career when he was shunted out to the wing by Mikel Arteta and his position at Barcelona could again be compromised by the arrival of Lewandowski.

    Asked if manager Xavi had expanded on his plan to accommodate two world class strikers, he said: ‘Yes a little bit .

    ‘He was talking to all of us that we have to compete this year to win titles. Of course when you talk about trophies we need a competitive team.

    Robert Lewandowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a combined 44 goals in their one season together at Borussia Dortmund
    Robert Lewandowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a combined 44 goals in their one season together at Borussia Dortmund (Picture: Getty)

    ‘That’s why we have a lot of strikers and midfielders and defenders. This is the way to achieve things this season.’

    Barcelona have also been boosted by Ousmane Dembele’s decision to sign a new contract after his previous deal had expired and it appeared as though he was destined to leave as a free agent.

    ‘Definitely (it’s a boost) he’s one of the best players I’ve ever played with,’ added Aubameyang on Dembele’s decision to re-sign.

    ‘I’m sure about that because his quality is something crazy and every time I play with him I enjoy it on the pitch. I’m really happy he re-signed.

    ‘Everyone was a bit scared because we didn’t know if we would re-sign or not. In the end he did it and I’m sure he knows Barcelona is one of the best clubs in the world so this is the place to be.’

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