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Arsenal new-boy Aubameyang made full English debut six years ago on pitch next to a Chinese takeaway

Gabon striker bizarrely played on English soil in 2012, six years before Arsenal introduction this weekend

ARSENAL secured the services of club-record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on deadline day but the striker’s full UK debut came back in 2012.

The 28-year-old strangely appeared for Gabon against Northern League side Heaton Stannington, on a pitch backing onto a Chinese takeaway in Newcastle.

A young Aubameyang playing for Gabon against Heaton Stannington

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A young Aubameyang playing for Gabon against Heaton Stannington

Aubameyang first appeared on our shores in 2010 when Liverpool beat Lille 3-0 in the UEFA Cup, and the youngster came on as a substitute at Anfield.


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His full English debut though, took place at the home of Heaton Stannington, Grounsell Park – in a warm up game for Gabon who were set to compete at the 2012 Olympic Games.

The young star was plying his trade at French side St.Etienne, and made his £10million move to Borussia Dortmund just a year later.

Newcastle were initially primed as Gabon’s opponents, but they were away on pre-season duty, so Stannington stepped up to the mark.

From Grounsell Park to the Emirates

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From Grounsell Park to the Emirates

Aubameyang playing for Gabon in the 2012 Olympic Games

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Aubameyang playing for Gabon in the 2012 Olympic Games

Aubameyang became Arsenals club record signing yesterday

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Aubameyang became Arsenals club record signing yesterday

Dortmund pair Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan reunited in north London

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Dortmund pair Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan reunited in north London

Heaton Stannington’s assistant manager, Geoff Walker told football.london: “It was June, it was close season for us, so we weren’t training at all. We weren’t due back for pre-season for a good few weeks and some of the lads had plans for the Sunday already – so it was a bit of a scratch side. But it was a great occasion.”

I don’t think they [the players] were expecting to go up against an international side when they clocked off work on the Friday.”

The 28-year-old certainly has an eye for flair as he poses on his Lamborghini

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The 28-year-old certainly has an eye for flair as he poses on his Lamborghini

The Gabonese striker spent four-and-a-half successful seasons at Borussia Dortmund

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The Gabonese striker spent four-and-a-half successful seasons at Borussia Dortmund

Alongside whizzkid Ousmane Dembele, Aubameyang bagged 31 league goals last season

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Alongside whizzkid Ousmane Dembele, Aubameyang bagged 31 league goals last season

In a strange turn of events, Aubameyang left his boots at the hotel, so Mr Walker had to drive the wonderkid back.


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He said: “Ten minutes after they arrived he realised he’d left his boots at the hotel, so I jumped in the car – he was in the back with one of their coaches and one of their security guys was in the front.

“They were at the Hilton, so there I was driving with him in the back thinking ‘Don’t let anyone come into the back of me here’. He said hello but he was quite a shy lad.”

The Gabonese striker could make his official debut for Arsenal this weekend, when they host Everton at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.


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