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.
Zuerst einmal sorry für alles, was im letzten Monat geschehen ist. Aber ich wollte schon letzten Sommer wechseln, da klappte es nicht, aber jetzt musste es sein. Vielleicht war es nicht der beste Weg für den ich mich entschieden habe, aber jeder weiß, dass Auba verrückt ist - und ja, ich bin ein verrückter Junge, hahahaha! Ich habe Fehler gemacht, aber nie in böser Absicht. Ich werde diese viereinhalb Jahre bei Borussia Dortmund nie vergessen, weil ihr alle mir die Kraft für das Level gegeben habt, auf dem ich jetzt bin. Ich Danke der ganzen BVB Familie, den Fans, dem Klub, dem Staff und natürlich meinen Mitspielern! Euer Auba17 !!!
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.