Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opens up on Mikel Arteta relationship

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Aubameyang is now a Barcelona player
Aubameyang is now a Barcelona player / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has opened up on his rocky relationship with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta during his presentation as a Barcelona player.

The striker joined Barça on a free transfer on Wednesday, bringing a lengthy saga to an end. A few weeks prior to his exit, Arteta stripped him the Arsenal captaincy for multiple disciplinary breaches and was dropped from the first-team squad, an incident which characterised the pair's rocky history.

When quizzed about the tail end of his Gunners career on Thursday, Aubameyang said: "[It was] a difficult few months. I've never wanted to do anything wrong, it's in the past."

Asked if the problem was just with Arteta: "Yeah, I think it was just with him. I can't say much, he wasn't happy, I stayed calm and that's it."

Although his time at the Emirates Stadium ended on a sour note, Aubameyang did enjoy plenty of success during the early portion of his Arsenal career, netting 22 Premier League goals in his first two full seasons at the club, as well as bagging the winner in the 2020 FA Cup final.

Barcelona will be hoping he can replicate that form for the rest of the campaign, though Aubameyang did point out that he may need some time to get back up to speed.

"I haven't played a game in a long time but it's very clear in my head that I'll be ready soon to play and to help. I know we're going to get back to the top little by little," he said.

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