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Auba - Micki is really like a brother to me

By his own admission, the chance to link up with Henrikh Mkhitaryan again was a key factor in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's decision to join us.

The pair developed a fantastic understanding during their time together at Borussia Dortmund - and Auba says that was true off the pitch as well.

"I’m really happy [to be at the same club as Micki again]," Aubameyang told Arsenal Player. "He’s really like a brother, a good friend, and we’ve played together in the past. I’m really happy to see him again.
 
"He called me a few times and he asked me, ‘Will you come or not?’ and I said, ‘First you have to tell me if you sign or not!’ Then he told me it was all done, and of course it was a big factor in coming here.
 
"I think we understand each other on and off the pitch. I think that’s why it’s a little bit easier on the pitch."

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‘Auba and Micki have woken everybody up’

Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Arsene Wenger says that the arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have sparked a new sense of purpose within the dressing room.

A busy transfer window saw us lose Alexis, Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott but we ended January in a stable position following the arrival of the former Borussia Dortmund team-mates and the announcement of Mesut Ozil’s new long-term contract.
 
Ozil’s commitment was a shot in the arm for the club and Wenger believes the new signings have lifted spirits and standards.
 
“Yes, it's always when you have new players it gives always a little positive swing,” said the boss. “It wakes everybody up as well, because there's suddenly competition so they have to live with that as well.
 
“Overall, I think as well we have a game based on team spirit so that kind of acceptance is very important, and when they show on a football field that they accept our game, they are even easier to integrate into the team.
 
“I met Mkhitaryan before, before he came here, because I liked always his game, but he's a player completely focused on football, dedicated totally to the game.
 
“He comes from a country - Armenia - where you need a special character to become a great football player, you have to really to love it, and that's why he looks happy to play football because he just loves it.”

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Wenger - What excited me about Aubameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s cool, clever finish to put us four goals up against Everton told you everything you needed to know about his quality.

But what caught Arsene Wenger’s eye as he watched our record signing make his first appearance for the club?
 
“The quality of his movement, I must say,” he told Arsenal Player.
 
“When you analyse well where he goes and when he goes, it’s always what you want from a striker, and even then I believe he is not completely 100 per cent fit physically. But the quality of his movement and the quality of his finishing was very good.”
 
Not for the first time, Aubameyang owed a debt to Henrikh Mkhitaryan after a perfectly-weighted through-ball set up his big chance. Wenger has seen a lot of special partnerships during his time in charge and he’s already enjoying this one.
 
“They are essential,” he said. “Because football is one who gives the ball to one who finishes. If you have only one of the two, then you never score. So to create these types of partnerships is essential.
 
“The assists from Mkhitaryan were great today and Ramsey having a hat-trick is absolutely exceptional and good for him, for his confidence. He looked more composed and calmer in his finishing and that’s great.
 
“It was the game like we want to play it. Fluent, pacy, technical quality, agile movement, very mobile and good finishing. Overall, I believe we all enjoyed it. Unfortunately, it didn’t last for 90 minutes but I think it is still a convincing, terrific performance.”

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'Is there more to come from me? I think so!'

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang needed just six minutes to make his mark in an Arsenal shirt - and 37 minutes to get off the mark.

Auba’s first meaningful contribution on his debut was a perfect pass to Henrikh Mkhitaryan that allowed his fellow new signing to set up the opening goal for Aaron Ramsey.

Auba himself benefited from Mkhitaryan’s vision to score his first goal for us with a delicious dink over Jordan Pickford to make it 4-0.

“Of course I was really happy,” Auba said after the game. “We won the game in the first half and the second was a bit different. We are all happy today.

“Is there more to come from me? I think so!”

 

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Check out the best of Auba's electric debut

It only took Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 37 minutes to announce his arrival on Saturday when he opened his account for us with a fine finish against Everton.

The Gabon captain made a big impression at Emirates Stadium with his searing pace, and his link-up play with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mesut Ozil.

Auba twice went close during the early stages, before racing on to a Mkhitaryan through ball and impudently dinking the ball over the onrushing Jordan Pickford for his first Arsenal goal.

Click the 'Play button to watch the best of the action from his debut and then check out the following:

Quiz

Can you answer 10 questions on Aubameyang?

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang became our fifth signing of the 2017/18 season when he joined us from Borussia Dortmund in January.

The Gabon international has been one of the most prolific marksmen in Europe over the past few years, but how well have you followed his journey so far?

Find out by taking our quiz below?