Borussia Dortmund chief slams Aubameyang following Arsenal move

The CEO of Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund has today hit out at Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, after the striker forced through a transfer from the club to Arsenal.

Done deal

The story surrounding Aubameyang’s future was one of the talking points of the winter transfer window, after Arsenal targeted the prolific African following Alexis Sanchez’s departure for Manchester United.

The Gunners’ fortnight-long chase of Dortmund’s star man eventually came to a close on transfer deadline day last Wednesday, when the capital outfit agreed to fork over 63.5 million Euro to bring Aubameyang to the Emirates.

‘A public statement’

However, the Gabonese international’s departure from the Westfalenstadion was far from straightforward, with Borussia Dortmund having actually suspended Aubameyang twice in the weeks leading up to his transfer due to his behaviour in attempting to force an exit.

Speaking in an interview with FAZ earlier today, Hans-Joachim Watzke, the CEO of BVB, opened up on Aubameyang’s exit, suggesting that the 28-year-old held back in some of his final performances for the club, as well as warning any of Peter Stoger’s current squad against such actions in the future:

‘On Thursday, I laid it on the line for the squad — the next player who does something like that will fail miserably.’

‘He’ll run into major problems. The next player who tries to put us under pressure by withholding performances or even going on strike will not get a pass and will instead sit in the stands.’

‘They are all aware of it. This is now a public statement. Following Dembele and Aubameyang, there is now an overriding interest for the club — we need to get a better structure into our squad again.’

‘Aubameyang committed himself to us for this season, especially as a reaction to Dembele’s transfer.’

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