Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hits out at Mikel Arteta’s management at Arsenal
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has criticised Mikel Arteta for his management style at Arsenal and claims he can’t handle ‘big players’. Aubameyang spent just over a year at Arsenal with Arteta in charge and during that time the team won the FA Cup.
But the striker’s final few months with the Gunners turned sour as Arteta stripped him of the captaincy following a several disciplinary issues. Arsenal ended up terminating Aubameyang’s contract in February which paved the way for the striker to join Barcelona.
But due to Barca’s financial issues, Aubameyang spent just six months at Camp Nou before he was allowed to join Chelsea in the closing stages of the summer transfer window. And when asked about the nature of his Arsenal exit in a video with A Jewellers, Aubameyang made it clear he was unhappy with Arteta’s role in the build up to his departure.
‘I remember they [Barcelona] first called my father,’ Aubameyang said. ‘We knew the coach, Xavi, then he called me and said there is an opportunity because you have those problems with Arsenal, but if you come you will help us a lot, so I said, ‘okay’. ‘But to manage big characters or big players, he [Arteta] can’t deal with it. ‘He [Arteta] needs some young players, they don’t say anything, they listen.’
Asked to name the player who he thinks will be a ‘big star’ in the future, Aubameyang replied:
‘Obviously, Saka. ‘For me, Martinelli. Saka and Martinelli are both.’
Aubameyang also hit out at accusations from some Arsenal supporters who suggested he was only motivated by his £250,000-a-week contract.
‘I wanted to show them [Arsenal] because they thought this guy [only plays] because of the money,’ the Chelsea striker said. ‘But okay, let me go everywhere else I’ll show you, that’s no problem, I will show you.’