Auba: Why I took big pay cut at Barca

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was reportedly earning £350 000 (R7.1 million) a week at Arsenal, has explained why he accepted a big pay cut in order to join FC Barcelona.

The Gabon international left the Gunners in acrimonious fashion late in January after a fallout with head coach Mikel Arteta.

The striker was stripped of the club captaincy by the Spaniard before being frozen out of the team, with disciplinary issues being cited as reasons for the manager's decisive actions.

On the deadline day of the January transfer window, it was widely reported that the striker would join Barca on a six-month loan, but it later emerged that the deal would be permanent, with the player agreeing to terminate his Gunners' contract by mutual consent.

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The former Borussia Dortmund talisman, who was reportedly the London side's highest-earning player on £350 000 a week before his departure, now earns just £80 000 (R1.6 million) weekly at the Camp Nou, according to the Daily Mail.

The 32-year-old has now explained his reasoning behind agreeing to such a big pay cut.

"My father did it all with my lawyer and they can say it best," Aubameyang told Mundo Deportivo.

"But the week before, we already knew that I could end up signing for Barca. The week before, there were already contacts and I knew it.

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"I really wanted to go to Barca. I gave up my salary because it is an opportunity that you have once in your life."

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