Aubameyang: I love my playboy lifestyle and won't change for Arsenal

The Gunners' record signing has vowed to continue enjoying fast cars and garish clothes as he is places little importance on the opinion of others

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has vowed to continue his playboy lifestyle at Arsenal, with fast cars and outlandish clothes part of a £55 million package.

The Gunners broke their transfer record to land the flamboyant Gabon international striker on the final day of the January transfer window.

Pushing through a deal before the deadline allowed Arsene Wenger to bring a proven performer onto his books, but one who had faced criticism for his attitude during a goal-laden spell at Borussia Dortmund .

Arsenal have been quick to shrug off any concerns regarding Aubameyang’s personality, and the 28-year-old insists he will be paying little attention to those quick to question his choices away from the field.

He told the Sunday Mirror : “The clothes, the cars and all that are a bonus. I enjoy living this way.

“I like who I am and it doesn’t matter if other people can’t ­accept that – it goes over my head.

“As they say ‘you only live once’. It’s important to know where you come from and where your roots are – the rest is a big bonus.”

Aubameyang was accused by Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke of “withholding performances” as he headed for the exits in Germany.

Wenger, though, leapt to the defence of the prolific frontman after securing his services, telling reporters: "If you look well at the history, he played only one game. He played, they suspended him for two or three games.

"One before the [winter] break and one after the break. So he played only one game at home, where they played a 2-2 against [Freiburg].

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"So maybe he was not ready physically to perform at his best, but I don't believe that he didn't want to perform."

Arsenal have had no problems with Aubameyang so far, with a goalscoring debut made in a 5-1 mauling of Everton.

He has been restricted to just one more outing since then – a 1-0 north London derby defeat to Tottenham – but is ready to come back into the side for a Carabao Cup final clash with Manchester City after being forced to sit out a Europa League double-header with Ostersunds .