Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: from ‘crazy kid’ to Arsenal’s cutting edge | David Hytner

Arsenal striker has quickly become successful in his third major European league and his flourishing partnership with Alexandre Lacazette is obvious to all

The feeling within the Arsenal hierarchy was that there was an orchestrated campaign against Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, led by a section of the German media, but it did not stop it from registering with them. As they prepared to commit a club-record fee on the Borussia Dortmund striker, it formed a part of their discussions. Was he really a bad boy?

The evidence had been laid out in sensational detail, with the headline items being Aubameyang’s three internal suspensions at Dortmund for indiscipline. The first had come in November 2016, when he nipped to Milan without the club’s permission – he would be omitted from the Champions League tie against Sporting – and the next one was 12 months later. This time, it was over his time-keeping.

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