We were told he was a bad influence, a trouble marker.
Someone more interested in fast cars, flash clothes and disappearing to Milan, Paris or wherever the party was. Not interested in being a team man, he was more interested in hanging out with the likes of Lewis Hamilton and various pop stars and models.
It was all lies created by journalists who looked at a young black sport star who likes his fast cars, liked his clothes and jewellery, and decided to label him as flash without actually knowing him.
What Arsenal actually signed in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is one of the most lethal strikers in Europe who is humble and currently the epicentre of everything that is positive at Arsenal.
He leads the line and leads the team. He is the joker, the star player, the match winner.
It was Aubameyang who looked after then teenager Matteo Guendouzi when he came to England, unable to speak English.
It is Aubameyang who is helping Nicolas Pepe settle into London – giving him a penalty to get him off his goal duck.
It is Aubameyang that is uniting the squad. It is Aubameyang who should be club captain.
Aubameyang unites a lot of the factions within the club.
Born in France, he is close with Alexandre Lacazette and Guendouzi., and more recently included Pepe into the fold. He is already building a relationship up with William Saliba – both players having spent time at Saint-Etienne.
Having also spent 5 years in Germany for Borussia Dortmund, he also crosses over with the German speakers – Bernd Leno, Mesut Ozil, Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Granit Xhaka and Sead Kolašinac.
It was a mixture of French and German players who were pictured last season doing a few balloon’s in a London nightclub. You can bet your money that it was Aubameyang who was at the centre of the antics.
So here we have a superstar of a player. A colossus on the pitch, but clearly influential off it.
Aubameyang realises he is a senior pro and has taken young new recruits under his wing, helping them settle. There is no ego. No making the youngsters feel they are inadequate or undeserving.
Unai Emery should drop this “we have 5 captains” rubbish and install Aubameyang as the clubs captain. It is something that would every single fan would get behind. Would back.
Vice-captain should be Hector Bellerin.
The Spanish right back has been at the club for nearly a decade and was influential in the recruitment of Dani Ceballos.
Bellerin knows what it means to play for The Arsenal. He knows what it represents.
He is also important when it comes to our Latino contingent – Ceballos, Lucas Torreira and Emiliano Martínez; And with his Spanish-Cockney accent he can cross over with the British lads.
Recent reports were that Bellerin and Kieran Tiernay had built up a bit of a bromance as they recovered from injury at a similar pace.
Arsenal have a mid-week team as well – playing in the Europa League and League Cup.
The majority of that team will be made up of bright young English talents. The likes of Emile Smith Rowe, Joe Willock, Bukayo Saka and Reiss Nelson. I also expect Rob Holding to play a part in almost every game as he returns slowly from his learn term injury.
Holding should be given the armband for the mid-week squad, allowing him to develop as a leader of the defence.
Aubameyang as captain, Bellerin as vice-captain. Holding captaining the mid-week team.
I think that is something that we can all get behind.