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Barcelona new arrival Aubameyang to make debut against Atletico Madrid

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Barcelona transfer deadline day arrival, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, could make his debut for the Catalan side against Atletico Madrid on Sunday.

Aubameyang move to the LaLiga giants has been agreed and signed, with confirmation imminent.

Aubameyang, 32, has not been in club action since Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Everton on December 6, 2021.

After featuring in a 1-1 friendly draw with Mauritania, Aubameyang then missed Gabon’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign following a positive Covid test.

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Aubameyang, former Arsenal skipper will hope to make an instant impact for Barcelona against Diego Simeone’s side on Sunday.

Aubameyang was sent home early from the Africa Cup of Nations in January because of ongoing health issues.

The forward missed Gabon’s draw with Ghana after scans revealed “heart lesions” following a bout of Covid, although later scans gave him the all-clear.

The former Arsenal captain’s departure will save the Arsenal who bought him for £56m from Borussia Dortmund in 2018 – about £15m in wages.

Barcelona moved for Aubameyang on Deadline Day after Xavi identified the need for another forward.

He will hope to hit the ground running against Atletico, a side he has never faced before in his career.

If his record against Real Madrid, five goals and one assist in six games, is anything to go by, Barcelona could be on to something good.

If Aubameyang doesn’t take off quickly, don’t be surprised if Xavi gives the young Spaniard an opportunity as a false nine.

Also, a win for Xavi’s men, who are currently one point behind fourth-placed Atletico in the battle for a Champions League spot could re-ignite top four hope.

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