Chelsea striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang clarified his comments on Mikel Arteta after a video showed him criticizing the Arsenal manager, saying he had “a lot of bad feelings” for the north London club at the time but them everything now Good wishes.
The video, which was leaked on social media, shows Aubameyang saying, “Big characters and big players, he can’t handle that. He needs some young players who don’t say anything,” as the Gabonese international spoke about Arteta.
Aubameyang said on Monday the video was taken shortly after his arrival at Barcelona, who he joined on a free transfer in February after terminating his contract with Arsenal.
“I still had a lot of bad feelings inside me at the time – Arsenal are doing great things this season and I wish all my old boys well,” tweeted Aubameyang, who signed for Chelsea in September.
I’m aware that there is a video taken just after I arrived at Barca. At that time I still had a lot of bad feelings in me – Arsenal are doing great things this season and I wish all my old boys all the best, just not on November 6th 😜 Now full focus on tomorrow 🔵
— AUBA⚡️ (@Auba) October 10, 2022
“Just not on November 6,” he added, referring to Chelsea’s London derby against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. Aubameyang had a row with Arsenal and Arteta over disciplinary issues last season, when he was first stripped of his captaincy before his contract was terminated.
The 33-year-old has scored once in the Premier League for Chelsea, who are fourth on 16 points after eight games.