Bitter Dortmund chief takes not-so-subtle swipe at Arsenal star

Date published: Wednesday 2nd October 2019 9:28 - Samuel Bannister

Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has aimed a dig at the club’s former striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Gabonese striker left Dortmund for Arsenal in January 2018, for what at the time was a club-record fee for the Gunners. His time in the Premier League since then has certainly been a success, with a new contract reportedly being lined up, but he is yet to play in the Champions League for the club – something which has not escaped Watzke’s attention.

The Dortmund chief has hinted that Aubameyang was motivated by money when he left the club – who unlike Arsenal, have competed in every Champions League campaign since.

“Of course it is hard to keep a player in the face of such sums,” Watzke told Suddeutsche Zeitung. “Some go to clubs because of this money, where they have not played Champions League for years.

“Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who plays great at Arsenal, will probably be warm-hearted when he looks at his bank account, but on Wednesdays, will be saddened when he has to watch the Champions League on television.”

Arsenal, meanwhile, are competing in the Europa League again this season – with manager Unai Emery confirming that their clash with Standard Liege on Thursday will provide full-backs Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin the chance to make their returns.


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