BY SIMIYU SIMIYU | TWITTER: @wakajuaness
As Pierre-Emerick Emiliano François Aubameyang pepares to touch his feet in London for Arsenal’s club record of £55.5M, we take a look at the facts and figures about the finalist of the BBC African Player of the Year 2018.
Birth: 18 June 1989
Parents: His father is a Gabonese while his mother is a Spanish.
Speed: He is known for his speed, having clocked 30 metres in 3.7 seconds, and his capability of playing as a forward or a winger.
Aubameyang joined Milan ‘s youth team in January 2007. In August, he was part of the squad that finished fourth in the inaugural Champions Youth Cup held in Malaysia, where he made a name for himself and attracted the attention of scouts internationally. He scored against every opponent Milan played, finishing with seven goals in six matches
For the 2008–09 season, Aubameyang was loaned out to Dijon in France in order to gain first team experience. His performances there led him to appear in World Soccer’s Talent Scout section in Summer 2009.
On 24 June 2009, it was announced Ligue 1 club Lille had decided to sign Aubameyang on loan. Relative to his previous season, however, Aubameyang did not perform as well, scoring just two goals in 14 appearances, four as a starter.
For the 2010–11 season, Aubameyang was loaned for the season to Monaco. On 21 August 2010, he scored his first goal for Monaco in an away match against Lens, then scored again on 29 August at home to Auxerre, where Monaco won 2–0.
On 22 December 2011, Aubameyang signed with Saint-Étienne on a permanent deal. He was quickly added to the starting line-up and was given the number 7 jersey. In February 2012, he scored his first hat-trick against Lorient.
Aubameyang with Borussia Dortmund in 2013 On 4 July 2013, Aubameyang joined 2012–13 Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund on a five-year contract.
He made his competitive debut for his new club on 27 July 2013 against Bayern Munich in the DFL-Supercup, replacing Jakub Błaszczykowski for the last 18 minutes of Dortmund’s 4–2 victory, assisting Dortmund’s final goal, scored by Marco Reus.
On 10 August, Aubameyang made his Bundesliga debut and scored a hat-trick against FC Augsburg, including a goal from his first shot in the league. In the process, Aubameyang also became the first Gabonese player to appear in the Bundesliga.
Aubameyang in action against Rot-Weiss Essen in July 2014 On 13 August 2014, Aubameyang assisted Borussia Dortmund’s first goal and scored the second goal in a 2–0 victory over Bayern Munich in the DFL-Supercup.
On 13 September, Aubameyang scored his first Bundesliga goal of the season, netting Dortmund’s final goal of their 3–1 win over SC Freiburg.
Three days later, Aubameyang scored Dortmund’s second goal in a 2–0 win over Arsenal in the first group match of the
Aubameyang ended his second season in Dortmund with 25 goals from 46 appearances, including one in the 2015 DFB-Pokal Final , where BVB were defeated 3–1 by VfL Wolfsburg at the
On 22 October, Aubameyang scored a hat-trick in a UEFA Europa League match against Gabala FK of Azerbaijan. Three days later, he scored another hat-trick in a 5–1 defeat of Augsburg at the Westfalenstadion.
In addition to scoring himself, he assisted the side’s other two goals scored by Marco Reus and his now Arsenal team-mate Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
On 16 December, Aubameyang scored his 100th goal for Borussia Dortmund in a 2–2 draw at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
Aubameyang played for Gabon against South Korea at the 2012 Olympics.
On 25 March 2009, Aubameyang was selected for the Gabon national team and made his debut for the squad. He scored his first goal in a 3–2 victory over Morocco , then scored a goal each in friendly matches against Benin, Togo,
Aubameyang is the son of former Gabonese international Pierre Aubameyang and younger half-brother of Catilina and Willy , who have both played for Milan youth teams.  His mother is Spanish.
ADDITIONAL SOURCES: Wikipedia