Now in the prime of his career, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has experienced his fair share of ups and downs.
After struggling to break into AC Milan’s first team, the striker rebuilt his career in France with Saint-Etienne before establishing himself as one of Europe’s deadliest marksmen at Borussia Dortmund.
Now right at home in north London, Aubameyang recently became our first player to score five goals in his first six Premier League games, and has thanked his dad for his ability to settle into new surroundings so quickly.
“I've travelled throughout my life, because my father was a footballer,” he told Arsenal Player. “I've experienced many different cultures and languages, so that was a very good experience for me, to be able to move around quite frequently.
“Back then I played on the wing, rather than up top. I was on the flank because of my pace. I also did a lot of dribbling back then - I don't do that so much now, since I'm a centre forward. However I'd say I had similar qualities, such as pace and the ability to beat players.
“The advice I'd give my youngster self is to always believe in what you're doing,” added Aubameyang. “You need to give yourself the chance to succeed.
“That doesn't come from anyone else, you need to give yourself a chance and to fight for your objectives. I've fought hard - it's never been easy for me. I always kept on believing too and this is where it's taken me today.”
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