Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed that he was close to joining Tottenham Hotspur earlier in his career but has pledged that he would never do so today. In January 2018 from Borussia Dortmund, the Gabonese international joined Arsenal for a club-record £56 million football transfer fee and has since scored 92 goals in 159 appearances for the Gunners in all competitions.
However, Aubameyang admitted to Sky Sports’ Fan Q&A that he was almost a Tottenham player until Arsenal came knocking on his door. Aubameyang was asked whether he would rather retire or move to Tottenham, he replied: “You don’t need to ask the question. You know it already. I would retire.”
He continued: “I don’t know if you know this, but a few years ago, I was close to signing for Tottenham. In the end… I don’t know what they did. So I’d rather retire! I was at Saint-Etienne I think, or at the beginning of my time at Dortmund, I don’t remember exactly. I came to London, I went to the stadium, White Hart Lane. The day after, they just didn’t give an answer, they never called back.”
Aubameyang confessed that every time he faces Tottenham he uses that rejection as inspiration, against whom he scored eight goals in 12 games across his time with both Dortmund and Arsenal. Half of those goals have come during his time at the Emirates, with the latest coming in the 3-1 victory earlier in the season.
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