The son of former Gabonese international Pierre-Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick started his senior club career by playing for the Italian club AC Milan but never played for the club as he went on a series of loan spells in France. He later moved to Saint-Etienne in 2011. There, he won a Coupe de la Ligue title and from there joined Borussia Dortmund in 2013. In Germany, Aubameyang finished as the league's top goalscorer in the 2016-17 season and won a DFB-Pokal. He was also ranked as the club's sixth-highest all-time goalscorer. In 2018, Aubameyang was the subject of a then-club record football transfer when he signed for Arsenal in a transfer worth £56 million (€60 million), making him the most expensive Gabonese player of all time. With Arsenal, he won an FA Cup and finished as the league's joint-top goalscorer in the 2018-19 season.
Aubameyang is Gabon's all-time goalscorer. He made his senior debut for Gabon in 2009 at the age of 19 and appeared in four African Cup of Nations tournaments, as well as the 2012 Summer Olympics. In 2016, Aubameyang was named the African Footballer of the Year; the first Gabonese and second-European-born player to win the award.