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Pierre-Merick Aubameyang officially joins Arsenal

By Alex Butler
Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reacts during the UEFA Champions League Group H soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and APOEL Nicosia on November 1 in Dortmund, Germany. Photo by Friedemann Vogel/EPA-EFE
Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reacts during the UEFA Champions League Group H soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and APOEL Nicosia on November 1 in Dortmund, Germany. Photo by Friedemann Vogel/EPA-EFE

Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Arsenal has officially signed striker Pierre-Merick Aubameyang.

The Gunners announced the signing Wednesday. Dortmund confirmed the transfer.

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Arsenal did not disclose monetary details of the transaction, only saying that Aubameyang joined the club on a long-term contract for a club-record fee. An unnamed source told the BBC that the deal is worth nearly $80 million.

The former Borussia Dortmund star joins the Premier League club as its second signing of the January transfer window. Aubameyang, 28, scored 98 goals in 144 appearances in the Bundesliga for Dortmund. He had 172 total scores in 213 games as the club's all-time leading scorer.

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"Apart from the unpleasant events of recent weeks, we like to remember that the story of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at BVB for more than four years was a single success story," BVB sporting director Michael Zorc said in a news release from the Bundesliga club. "He has done great things for Borussia Dortmund at this time, scored many important goals and is part of the team that brought the DFB Cup to Dortmund in 2017. We wish Pierre-Emerick all the best for his future at Arsenal. "

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Aubameyang joined Dortmund in 2013. The Frenchman previously had spells at Saint-Etienne, Monaco, Lille, Dijon and Milan.

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The deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes, including a medical exam. His squad number has not been revealed.

A source told the BBC that Dortmund also agreed to a loan for Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi. Manchester United acquired Arsenal's star striker, Alexis Sanchez, on Jan. 22.

Arsenal battles Everton in a Premier League bout on Saturday at Emirates Stadium in London.

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