Veteran striker rejected five clubs before signing for Barcelona in January: Fabrizio Romano

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s journey from being an Arsenal outcast to becoming Barcelona’s paragon was perfectly documented when Xavi described him as ‘a present that has fallen out of the sky’.

The former Gunner has netted nine goals across all competitions for his new team, making him Barcelona’s second-highest goalscorer of the ongoing campaign in no time.

The story, however, could have been very different if Arsenal had, in fact, rushed to his sale during the January transfer window.

As quoted by Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal proposed Aubameyang to as many as five different teams before Barcelona jumped on the ship.

The veteran forward also had an offer from the Saudi Arabain side Al-Nassr but he waited until a top European team came up with an offer as he only wanted to continue playing in Europe.

Barcelona, then on a lookout for a sure shot number 9, entrusted their faith on Xavi’s command and on came the forward donning the Blaugrana on a free transfer.

What’s even more fascinating is that the former Dortmund frontman agreed to take a substantial pay cut on his Barcelona contract.

For someone who was pocketing somewhere around €360,000-a-week at Arsenal, the current figure of €2.5 million over six months goes on to show how pensive the forward was about the move.

Aubameyang adjusted to Xavi’s blueprint as a fish takes to water. After blanking in his first three matches for Barça, he went on to score five of his team’s 12 goals in the next three games.

This includes a hat-trick against Valencia and a brace against Real Madrid. Certainly not a bad return from someone who arrived on a free transfer.

The 32-year-old has played a total of 226 minutes out of the possible 270 (regulation time) in Barcelona’s last three matches, returning with a tally of four goals and one assist.

Since scoring that hat-trick against Valencia away from home, Aubameyang has only blanked twice in his last eight matches across all competitions.

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