Aubameyang reveals why he snubbed France, Spain

The 28-year-old striker has disclosed the reason behind his choice of the Panthers

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed why he chose to play for Gabon over France and Spain.

The Arsenal striker was eligible to feature for Les Bleus and La Roja as a result of his country of birth and that of his mother. The former Borussia Dortmund player was born in Laval, France to a Spanish mother.

However, his father who was born in Gabon was the former captain of the national team before he retired after playing for Nice, Toulouse, Le Havre among other clubs.

And the former France U21 player has disclosed that it was not difficult to follow the path of his father.

"I was very young when I decided [which country to play for]," Aubameyang told Arsenal's official website.

“Players often take their time to consider their options and make the right choice, but for me the choice was clear.

"I wanted to follow in my father's footsteps. He was captain of the national side in the past.

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"I could well have chosen to play for Spain or France. I played for the French under-21 team, but I realised very quickly that in my heart I wanted to emulate my father."

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Aubameyang is the joint all-time goal scorer for Gabon with 23 goals. Though he failed to help his side nick a place in the 2018 World Cup, he will be looking to helping them qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

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