Arsenal star Aubameyang reveals why he almost quit football

EPL By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 19/06/2019

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed why he almost quit football when he was growing up.

The 30-year-old Gabon international scored 22 Premier League  goals last season, finishing as the joint top scorer with Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane

Aubameyang, who is currently enjoying an off-season holiday in Miami with his family after he has become one of the finest strikers in Europe he told Arsenal official website how he had to fight against adversity and even overcome doubts about his own ability.

 "I was playing on the wing rather than up top because of my pace.

"I’d always been quick and everybody told me I was fast, but when I was a bit older, like 15 or 16, I lost a little bit of pace.

"I’d had some problems with my knees and I couldn’t run as fast as I had been able to, so I fell out of love with football for a bit. I didn’t have a club, I wasn’t at school, I was just at home trying to think positively.

"It was hard at the time and I did think about quitting, but every day I kept training hard. I don’t know why, but I thought that I had to train hard because you never know in life, something can happen.

"Then after six months of hard work, my father called me and said, ‘Are you ready to go training with a team?’ and I said, ‘Yes of course!’ because I had worked for six months for that opportunity.

"That was when I started to train with Bastia and from there, that was the start of my professional career."

Aubameyang, who arrived at the Gunners from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018, also said he did not mind sharing the Golden Boot at the end of the Premier League campaign and he puts that success down to a positive relationship with Alexandre Lacazette both on and off the pitch.

"It meant a lot to win the Golden Boot," Aubameyang added. "I am really happy and proud of it, especially to share the trophy with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

"I really like these two guys. We are representing Africa so it is a good sign for the continent. Africa is in my heart and in my mind, so I’m extremely proud to represent it in the Premier League.

"The African people really love football, like everyone across the world, it makes me very proud to represent Africa in such an amazing way because not everyone gets the chance to play in the Arsenal colours."

 "We have the same vision about football when we talk in the dressing room, the same ideas and the same feelings. The fact that we understand each other is the thing that makes the difference in the games.

"Last season was the first full season that I’d played with another striker like him, and I’m really happy with how well we worked together."

Aubameyang started his career with ASL L'Huisserie Football before spell at Nice, Laval, Rouen, Bastia, AC Milan, Dijon, Lille, Monaco, Saint-Étienne and Borussia Dortmund