Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says he has “unfinished business” to resolve in the Premier League after completing a transfer to Chelsea.
The Blues chased a deal for the former Arsenal striker late into deadline day and have eventually secured his signature on a two-year contract. As part of the deal, Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso has moved to Barcelona.
Chelsea signed Raheem Sterling from Manchester City earlier in the transfer window to initially complement their attack.
The England international has hit the ground running with three goals in three games, amid lacklustre Chelsea form.
And Aubameyang has insisted that he wants to hit the ground running in his message to fans upon returning to London.
“I’m really happy,” the Gabon international said. “It’s an honour to be part of this team and I can’t wait to start.
“I have some unfinished business with the Premier League so it’s good to be back and really exciting.”
Chelsea looking forward to Aubameyang impact
Chelsea majority owner Todd Boehly added that “elite striker” Aubameyang has a “proven track record” in the English top flight.
The American said: “We are thrilled to have Pierre-Emerick on board with us in the new era at Chelsea and we’re really looking forward to working with him.
Behdad Eghbali and José E. Feliciano, co-controlling owners, added: “We are really pleased to welcome Pierre-Emerick back to London as one of the final and important pieces to be added at Chelsea this summer.
“He’s a world-class forward and a leader, and we can’t wait to see him in blue this season.”
Aubameyang shot to fame at Borussia Dortmund, where he in fact worked with current Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel.
Following 141 goals in 213 appearances for the German club, Arsenal bought him in a big-money deal. Ninety-two goals in 163 outings for the Gunners followed.
Striker back to prove himself
Aubameyang’s “unfinished business” comment seems like a nod to his struggles at the back end of his Arsenal career.
The 33-year-old had continued disciplinary issues with Gunners boss Mikel Arteta, who eventually stripped him of the captaincy.
But that was not the end of his time in the limelight. Indeed, Arsenal then terminated his contract and sent him to Barcelona.
Aubameyang clearly feels he has a point to prove and will be looking to help get Chelsea back on track.