Arsenal’s Aubameyang opens up on AC Milan stint

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has this afternoon discussed his early-career spell with Italian giants AC Milan.

Done deal

The story surrounding Aubameyang’s future was one of the talking points of this year’s winter transfer window, after Arsenal targeted the prolific African following Alexis Sanchez’s departure for Manchester United.

The Gunners’ fortnight-long chase of Dortmund’s star man eventually came to a close on transfer deadline day, when the capital outfit agreed to fork out 63.5 million Euro to bring Aubameyang to the Emirates.

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‘Very fortunate’

Aubameyang’s career path has now seen him line out for 7 clubs, the first of which, unknown to many, was AC Milan.

Though the electric Gabonese hitman failed to make a single league appearance for the Rossoneri, he nevertheless holds a special place for the club in his heart, with ‘Auba’ having revealed during an interview with Arsenal’s official website ahead of the meeting between the Gunners and Milan tonight that he ‘learned how to become a professional’ during his time at the San Siro:

‘When I was at Milan, I was very young, with very little experience.’

‘But it was there that I learned how to become a professional. I was lucky because there were lots of top players there at the time, like [Paolo] Maldini, [Alessandro] Nesta, Kaka, [Clarence] Seedorf, Ronaldo.’

‘I was quite shy as a person, but I was keen to watch what these top players did and I learned a lot that way.’

‘My family? They’ll be supporting Arsenal of course, even though the whole family grew up in Milan. We were lucky enough to come through at that club, but life has gone in this way, and now we’re supporting Arsenal.’

‘At home they’ll be cheering on Arsenal. But of course we still have a lot of respect for them. They helped us a great deal – the whole family. We were very fortunate to spend time there.’

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