Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reveals how former Arsenal team-mate Alexandre Lacazette reacted to his move to Chelsea
Posted by  badge Boss on Oct 15
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Chelsea on transfer deadline day (Pictures: BBC/Getty)

has revealed how former team-mate reacted to his move to .

Ex-Arsenal captain Aubameyang joined Chelsea in a £10m deal from Barcelona on last summer’s transfer deadline day.

Aubameyang scored 13 goals in 24 appearances for Barca after leaving Arsenal in February but was offloaded due to the Spanish club’s dire financial situation.

The Gabon striker insisted he had ‘unfinished business’ in the Premier League after leaving Arsenal under a cloud.

Aubameyang scored 92 goals in 163 games for the Gunners but was stripped of the Arsenal captaincy by Mikel Arteta before the club sanctioned his departure.

Lacazette was one of Aubameyang’s closest friends at the Emirates Stadium and was shocked to see his former team-mate join Arsenal’s London rivals Chelsea.

Aubameyang has revealed Lacazette was the first Arsenal player to contact him about his move to Stamford Bridge.

Asked whether the message was to wish him good luck in west London, Aubameyang said: ‘Nah, no!

‘Even before when he just heard about the rumours, he was like, “what, nah, really?!”

Aubameyang also named Lacazette as one of the biggest ‘influences’ during his career, adding to : ‘If I have to choose one, I think it’s Lacazette for sure. In some bad times he helped me a lot.’

Since joining Chelsea, Aubameyang has scored three goals in five matches, helping Graham Potter’s side climb into the top-four places and take control of their Champions League group.

The striker has come in for criticism though after slamming Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta’s management of ‘big players’ following his departure from the Emirates.

Asked about the nature of his Arsenal exit in a video with A Jewellers, Aubameyang said: ‘I remember they [Barcelona] first called my father.

‘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.’

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