Gabonese international starlet Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has officially returned to his former stomping grounds in the top flight of French football today after completing a free move to Ligue 1 giants Olympique de Marseille.
The 34-year-old striker spent the previous decade of his career plying his trade at some of Europe’s biggest clubs and largely scoring goals all along the way after rising to prominence in France during a breakout spell with AS Saint-Étienne.
As reported by football insider Fabrizio Romano, Aubameyang has joined up with Marcelino’s Les Phocéens at the Orange Vélodrome on a three-year contract after seeing his deal run down with Premier League giants Chelsea.
Though often a controversial figure during spells with Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal, and Chelsea, the Gabonese captain and all-time leading scorer for Les Panthères has undoubtedly been one of the premier goalscorers on the continent in the last ten years.
After coming to the fore with ASSE between 2011-13, Auba bagged a move to the Westfalenstadion in the summer of 2013 before smashing 98 goals in 144 Bundesliga appearances, with that number increasing to 141 in 213 across all competitions.
His strike rate remained impressive after his much-publicized move to Arsenal during the January transfer window in 2017-18 just six months after the Gunners purchased Olympique Lyonnais star Alexandre Lacazette.
The two would become inseparable on and off the pitch at the Emirates, with Auba hitting 68 Premier League goals in 122 appearances while adding a further 24 in all other competitions before ultimately being jettisoned by Gunners boss Mikel Arteta on the back of repeated behavioral issues (which also cropped up during his time with Dortmund).
Aubameyang then embarked on a short stint with Spanish giants Barcelona before loudly returning to the Premier League to join Arsenal rivals Chelsea but could only manage a single league goal in what was a horrendous stint at Stamford Bridge.
At OM, Aubameyang will compete for minutes with Portuguese youngster Vitinha through the center-forward channel, but should he find firm footing in the nation of his birth, his services could be vital for an OM side that finished third last season while having to negotiate the upcoming qualifying round of the Champions League.