Mikel Arteta Delivers Stunning Response to Aubameyang About His Departure at Arsenal

Mikel Arteta Delivers Stunning Response to Aubameyang About His Departure at Arsenal

Ibitoye Shittu
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:55 PM
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  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang blamed Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta for his departure at the Premier League side
  • Mikel Arteta has now responded to the accusation with the Spaniard stating that he was not the problem
  • Aubameyang will now have to put that behind him and focus on his career at Barcelona where he has made his debut

Mikel Arteta has thanked Gabonese striker Aubameyang for his contributions to the development of Premier League side Arsenal before he left the Gunners for a move to Barcelona.

Aubameyang and Mikel Arteta had issues at the Emirates stadium and was stripped captaincy of the club even before he traveled to Cameroon for the 2021 African Cup of Nations with Gabon.

Mikel Arteta and Aubameyang
Mikel Arteta and Aubameyang with the FA Cup. Photo by ADAM DAVY
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The former Dortmund striker was also ordered not to train with the first team and missed some games before his contract with Arsenal was terminated on mutual agreement.

After joining Barcelona on a free transfer, Aubameyang pointed accusing finger towards Mikel Arteta claiming that the Spaniard was responsible for his departure.

Aubameyang's reaction to Arsenal exit

“I think it was only with him and then he took this decision. He wasn’t happy and that’s it. I was calm.”

According to the report on GOAL and Mirror, Mikel Arteta explained that he is not to be blamed for Aubameyang's departure at Arsenal.

Mikel Arteta's response to Aubameyang's claims

"I’m extremely grateful for what Auba has done and his contribution," the Spaniard told reporters ahead of his side's Premier League clash with Wolves on Thursday.
"The way I see myself in that relationship is the solution, not the problem."

Mikel Arteta appoints new Arsenal captain after Aubameyang's exit

Earlier, Sports Brief had reported how Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta appointed Alexander Lacazette as the club's new captain for the remainder of the 2021/22 campaign.

The Gunners have been without a substantive skipper since Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was stripped of the role following "a disciplinary breach."

And with the Gabonese striker already past tense at the Emirates following his January switch to Barcelona, Arteta has resolved to fill his role with Lacazette.

This will not be the first time Lacazette is sporting the Arsenal armband, having captained the north London on several occasions this term.

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