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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says goodbye and apologizes to Dortmund fans for his recent behavior

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Auba has taken to Instagram.

Arsenal Unveil New Signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s move to Arsenal is finally official. The striker completed his £60 million transfer today, and Dortmund are close to bringing in Michy Batshuayi as a replacement.

Now that the deed has been done, Auba took to Instagram to post an apology/goodbye message to the BVB faithful who supported him for almost five years.

And the translation for all the non-German speakers:

“First of all sorry for everything that happened in the last month. But I wanted to change last summer, it did not work, but now it had to be. Maybe it was not the best way I chose, but everyone knows that Auba is crazy - and yes, I’m a crazy kid, hahahaha! I’ve made mistakes, but never with malice. I will never forget these four and a half years at Borussia Dortmund, because you all gave me the strength for the level I am now. Thanks to the whole BVB family, the fans, the club, the staff and of course my teammates! Your Auba17”

This seems like a pretty appropriate summary of the situation. Aubameyang made some mistakes, but never harbored any ill-will for anybody involved with Dortmund. And we all know by know that he’s a little crazy.

Dortmund fans have the right to be angry over how he conducted himself recently, but that’s a wound that should be healed in time. Aubameyang stayed at BVB longer than many people thought he would. He’s an emotional guy who is never afraid to speak his mind, but he was rarely a genuine problem in the dressing room. And when he was, things were usually ironed out relatively quickly. He behaved for most of this season despite wanting out last summer.

He was a world class player for the Black and Yellows. Hopefully one day he can come back to the Westfalenstadion and receive a nice ovation from the fans he spent so much time entertaining.