Rio Ferdinand: What I really think about new Arsenal signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

The Manchester United legend is thrilled to see new Arsenal signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the Premier League

Man United legend Rio Ferdinand Photo: BT Sport

Rio Ferdinand has issued his backing for new Arsenal signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Gabon international completed a deadline day move to the north London side from Borussia Dortmund to become Arsenal’s second signing of the January transfer window.

Arsenal spent a club record £56m fee on signing the 28-year-old striker to bolster their attack following Alexis Sanchez’s move to Manchester United last month.

Aubameyang arrives in English football with a huge reputation following 141 goals in 213 appearances in all competitions during four and a half seasons at Dortmund.

Former Manchester United defender Ferdinand admitted that he has been a long-term admirer of the African forward.

“For the last few years I’ve wanted him to come to the Premier League,” Ferdinand told BT Sport Premier League Tonight on Wednesday night.

“He’s got pace and is an exciting player. He scored goals.

“Linking up with Mkhitaryan, Arsenal have done well in attacking positions in this transfer window.”

Aubameyang’s former Dortmund team-mate Henrikh Mkhitaryan was Arsenal’s second signing of the January transfer window after the playmaker completed a move to The Emirates from Manchester United.

As part of the same deal, controversial Chile international Sanchez finally left Arsenal following 12 months of intense speculation surrounding the South American.

Arsenal lost 3-1 to Premier League strugglers Swansea City in South Wales on Tuesday night to leave the Gunners eight points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea in the race to secure a Champions League spot.

The Gunners haven’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04 but have lifted the FA Cup three times in the past four seasons.

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