Arsenal star Aubameyang has lifted the Gunners through sheer force of personality – The Sun

ARSENAL strike ace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could not maintain a low profile even if he wanted to.

The £60million ace is wringing every last drop of enjoyment from his superstar career.

 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could not maintain a low profile even if he wanted to

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could not maintain a low profile even if he wanted toCredit: Getty – Contributor

And it is not just his dazzling jewellery and love of all things bling which is lighting up the Emirates.

Because Aubameyang is proving to be a one-man League of Nations, unifying a divided dressing room with his sheer force of personality.

When Aubameyang replaced Alexis Sanchez in January last year, it was like a blast of fresh air blowing through London Colney.

The surly Sanchez never bothered to learn English during his four seasons at the Gunners and barely spoke to team-mates he did not consider to be on his playing level.

But Aubameyang arrived like a whirlwind, instantly adapting to his new surroundings and lifting the mood with an infectious optimism.

He was helped by the fact he speaks five languages — French, English, Spanish, German and Italian — which allows him to communicate with just about everyone.

Born in the northern French town of Laval to a Spanish mother and a Gabonese father, Auba has led a nomadic existence through his entire 30 years.

 Aubameyang is proving to be a one-man League of Nations, unifying a divided dressing room with his sheer force of personality

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Aubameyang is proving to be a one-man League of Nations, unifying a divided dressing room with his sheer force of personalityCredit: Instagram @aubameyang97
 It is not just his dazzling jewellery and love of all things bling which is lighting up the Emirates

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It is not just his dazzling jewellery and love of all things bling which is lighting up the Emirates

He insists that he was born with football in his blood thanks to father Pierre, a take-no-prisoners centre-half who played 80 times for Gabon during a 20-year professional career with various French and Italian clubs.

His older half-brothers Catilina and Willy were also professionals, although Pierre- Emerick did not meet them until he was nine years old.

All three brothers were at one time signed to AC Milan thanks to their father’s connections but none of them ever made a senior appearance for the Italian giants.

The highlight of Willy’s career proved to be one game for Kilmarnock and Pierre-Emerick appeared to be following a similarly low trajectory when he was sent out on a series of early loan deals.

But driven by the work ethic instilled in him by the Milan youth coach Filippo Galli, he finally found his place at Saint-Etienne, where coach Christophe Galtier was instantly won over by the young forward.

Galtier revealed later on: “Even though things hadn’t gone that well for him up to that point, I saw something in his first training session with us.

“He was able to beat anyone with the ball at his feet with a run of 60 metres.”



RACING BOLT

That lightning burst of speed has continued to terrorise defenders ever since and has helped him to score 239 career goals in 464 games.

During his time at Borussia Dortmund, he was clocked at 3.7 seconds over 30 metres, the same time as Usain Bolt — which led to Aubameyang cheekily challenging the Olympic sprint king to a race.

His love of speed is reflected in his collection of supercars which can occasionally be spotted, and often heard, racing away from Arsenal’s Hertfordshire training ground.

Aubameyang, 30, admitted: “Speed is a part of me.

“I think I was born with it. I’ve got a passion for cars and that’s one of my biggest pleasures.”

Yet the idea of a pampered superstar out of touch with the real world could not be further from the truth.

He insisted: “I grew up with my father’s mentality. If you want to achieve something in life, you have to fight for it.

“I would be exactly the same if I wasn’t a footballer. OK, I wouldn’t buy a Ferrari but I would dress the same and behave the same.”

 During Aubameyang's time at Borussia Dortmund, he was clocked at 3.7 seconds over 30 metres, the same time as Usain Bolt

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During Aubameyang’s time at Borussia Dortmund, he was clocked at 3.7 seconds over 30 metres, the same time as Usain BoltCredit: AP:Associated Press

Aubameyang spent his childhood years alternating between his father and his Spanish-born mother Margarita, who still lives with him.

Married to Alysha with two sons, Curtys and Pierre, he still owns a house in Laval and travels back to visit his cousins and aunties as often as possible.

Yet he rejected the chance to play for France and opted to become a Gabonese international, scoring his country’s only goal during the 2012 Olympics in London.

His early idols included Ronaldo, George Weah and Thierry Henry but it was former Argentine star Hernan Crespo who most captured his imagination — and he still has ‘Crespo For Life’ among his many tattoos.

His trademark backflip, though, was inspired by former Mexican striker Hugo Sanchez, while his famous Spider-Man celebration was a tribute to his Dortmund team-mate Jeremie Janot, who shared his passion for comic heroes.

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He has since entertained the fans with a Batman mask and a Black Panther disguise, which he unveiled after scoring for Arsenal against Rennes in last season’s Europa League.

That was one of the 31 goals he scored for the Gunners last season on his way to sharing the Premier League’s Golden Boot with Mo Salah and Sadio Mane on 22.

He scored in the opening two Premier League matches and, heading into tomorrow’s North London derby, he warned: “I want to do even better than last season.”

 Aubameyang’s trademark backflip was inspired by former Mexican striker Hugo Sanchez

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Aubameyang’s trademark backflip was inspired by former Mexican striker Hugo SanchezCredit: AFP

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