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Barca complete last-gasp move for axed Arsenal outcast Aubameyang
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Matthew Hill
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will spend the remainder of this campaign on loan at Barcelona
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will spend the remainder of this campaign on loan at Barcelona

Barcelona have completed the deadline day signing of Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The 32-year-old has not featured for the Gunners since December after a disciplinary breach saw him stripped of the club captaincy.

And the LaLiga giants have swooped in ahead of Juventus to secure the Gabon international’s services.

Aubameyang was expected to leave on loan but Barca have sealed a permanent deal after the hitman agreed to take a substantial pay cut from his £350,000-a-week Gunners deal.

The deal is expected to be confirmed by the two clubs on Tuesday.

Arsenal are set to save £25million in wages in a huge boost to their summer transfer plans.

Aubameyang, who netted 68 goals in 128 Premier League appearances in North London, will hope to get back on the scoring trail for his new club after a frustrating period at the Emirates.

He joins Ferran Torres in Catalonia after the Manchester City star arrived earlier in the window as Xavi looks to restore the famous club to their former glory.

Barca face Atletico Madrid on Sunday knowing a win would take them into the top four after a disastrous start to their LaLiga campaign.

Lionel Messi's absence has left a huge hole at the club but thanks to creative solutions and bank loans, players are starting to arrive and the mood is lifting.

That atmosphere has carried on to the field with three wins and two draws in five league outings.


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