Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal captain, has disclosed that he was on the verge of joining Tottenham Hotspur earlier in his career, but the deal did not go through.
The 32-year-old Gabonese international joined Arsenal from Dortmund for around £58 million in 2018, marking Arsene Wenger’s final major signing at the Emirates.
Aubameyang was one of Europe’s most sought-after players when he joined Arsenal, but he was less well-known when he moved to Germany from St Etienne in 2013.
The Gabonese captain did, however, hold early talks with Tottenham about a move to the white side of north London.
When asked whether he would prefer retire or join Tottenham, Aubameyang replied, ‘You don’t have to ask the question.’ You already know that I would retire.
‘Even more [so] because a few years ago I was close to signing for Tottenham but in the end… I don’t know what they did
‘I was in Saint-Etienne I think [at the time], I’m not sure, or at the beginning of [my spell at Borussia] Dortmund. I don’t remember exactly. I came here, I went to the stadium as well, to White Hart Lane.
‘The day after they just never gave an answer, they never called back so I was like: ”Ok, don’t worry”, so that’s why every time I play against them, they know [why I am extra motivated].’
Arsenal will face Liverpool at Anfield following the international break, with Arteta hoping to extend his side’s ten-match unbeaten streak.