PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG has broken his silence after a video emerged of the ex-Arsenal man criticising Mikel Arteta.
The striker, who left the Emirates after falling out with the manager, said the Gunners boss “can’t deal with big characters”.
Aubameyang is now at Chelsea, and will face Arteta’s Arsenal next monthCredit: Getty
The relationship between Arteta and his star striker deterioratedCredit: Rex
Their public falling out saw Aubameyang stripped of the captaincy before having his contract ripped up so he could join Barcelona.
He has since returned to the Premier League after joining Arsenal’s rivals Chelsea.
A short video emerged earlier this week that saw Aubameyang directly criticise his old boss.
But he sought to play down his comments and said he made them when he still had “bad feelings” in him.
The 33-year-old tweeted: “Aware there is a video out that was recorded just after I arrived at Barca.
“At the time I still had a lot of bad feelings in me – Arsenal are doing great things this season and I wish all my old guys well, just not on November 6 [when Chelsea host Arsenal].
“Now full focus on tomorrow.”
In the video, the forward can be seen sat in a room where at least two other people are present.
Aubameyang then begins critiquing Arteta’s management skills and says: “Big characters and big players…he can’t deal with it.
“He needs some young players who don’t say anything. They listen.”
Another voice accuses Arteta of not “having good people skills”.
The video is just the latest sign that relations between the manager and player had completely deteriorated.
It was revealed in All or Nothing: Arsenal how Arteta would note down Aubameyang’s indiscretions.
He said: “I have everything documented, with the dates, the times, the conversations, how it happened, why it happened . . . because of if one day it’s needed.
“[Aubameyang] has been late, apart from all the [other] issues, many times.
“The club has got a tradition. When you get paid that much . . . ”
The Gabonese international arrived at Arsenal in 2018 and scored 68 goals in 128 appearances before his departure.
Since joining Chelsea, he’s scored twice with the goals coming in his last two appearances.