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Arsenal striker Auba’s big decision

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang rejects France and Spain – and pledges to follow in his father’s footsteps by playing for Gabon

22 March, 2018 — By Steve Barnett

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

ARSENAL striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed how the lure of playing for France or Spain wasn’t enough to stop him following in the footsteps of his father.

The 28-year-old was born in Laval, France, to a Spanish mother, and with the form that he has shown in recent years would surely have played for either of the two countries at various World Cups and European Championships.

Yet he rejected both national sides to play for the Gabon national team – a country that has never featured at a World Cup.

The chance to emulate his father Pierre, who captained The Panthers with distinction and has 80 caps to his name, convinced Aubameyang that Gabon was where his heart lies.

“I was very young when I decided,” he explained.

“Players often take their time to consider their options and make the right choice, but for me the choice was clear. I wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps. He was captain of the national side in the past.”

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