Aubameyang, a “gift from heaven” for Xavi


At the Camp Nou, on the other hand, they appreciate the arrival of a striker who has changed, and for the better, the sad face of Barça. “Auba is a gift from heaven,” admitted the Barça coach, devoted to the immediate impact that the ex-Gunner has had on the collective functioning of his team.

It goes beyond goals. Which is a lot in a very short time. Five weeks dressed as a Barça player, six games in the League and five goals (three against Valencia, some unintentionally because Pedri’s shot hit his back, one against Athletic and another against Osasuna) certify Xavi’s forceful phrase.

Fallen from the sky, Aubameyang appeared to become related in record time to top scorers such as Etoo (2004) and Ibrahimovic (2009). In both cases they should be strategic players of the project. The Cameroonian, for whom Barça paid 24 million euros to Mallorca, signed five goals in the first five days as a Barça player. And he was capital in the structure of the best team in history.

The Swede, after investing the club 66 million euros in exchanging him for Etoo at Inter, he also scored five goals in the opening five matchdays. But his time at the Camp Nou was neither successful nor lasting. One year he resisted together with Messi. And thanks. Aubainstead, appeared in Barcelona as an emergency solution.

A patch, signed in the last breath of the winter market. No, it is not an exaggeration. Arsenal’s papers authorizing the transfer arrived a couple of minutes before midnight on January 31, when the curtain on the second window came down to reinforce itself.

And Auba has landed on his feet in a team in full reconstruction, recovering the friendship he forged with Dembele in the year they shared at Dortmund. Ousmane he assisted, precisely and surgically, his friend in the 3-0 that defines his game. The Gabonese was astute and skillful, anticipating David García, the Osasuna center-back. One touch, he did not need more, and goal. The fifth in six days.

7 shots on goal, 5 goals

To understand the strange speed of the Gabonese’s immediate fit with Barça, one must go back to the beginning of Luis Suarez, who ended up being the third top scorer in the club’s history. The Uruguayan had a hard time celebrating the first goal. He was dry for seven games sadly sharing the first steps of the trident with Messi and neymar. He scored in the eighth game against Córdoba and needed a total of 14 games to achieve his first five goals.

what of Auba it has been dizzying. First for his aim: 14 shots, seven on goal and five goals. And then because of his immersion in the Barça that he designs Xavi where the ‘nine’ should not only be the point and end of the team but also intervene in the construction of the game, as he proved in the play of the penalty Gavi where he came to unload the ball face to Busquetsauthor of the pass to the young Andalusian.

“It goes deep, it generates scoring and scoring situations,” said the coach, also amazed at this profitable trip undertaken by the striker from London to Barcelona. It is the last bullet in attack and, at the same time, the first in defense.

“He works a lot for the team, you just have to see how he puts pressure on the central defender and the goalkeeper”, argues Xavi, happy because the Gabonese “has entered the dressing room very well and adapts perfectly to the circumstances” of Barça.

Memphis, Luuk de Jong, Jutgla…

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Barça needed to find a nine to simplify the solution of problems and to live more peacefully. For this reason, Xavi first insisted so much on Morata and once his signing could not materialize, he demanded to hire the former Arsenal player.

After the technician began his stage with memphis center forward, he had to resort to Luuk de Jongmuch more effective as a last resort, and Jutglawho continues to score goals for Barça B, waiting for Aubameyang to come from heaven.


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