Aubameyang had been a mainstay in Arsenal’s side for several years, and long stood as their top-scoring forward.
In 2020/21 he scored 15 goals and provided four assists. The season before, when Mikel Arteta took over in December, Aubameyang ended the season with 29 goals.
He also scored two goals in the semi-final and two goals in the FA Cup final to help hand Mikel Arteta his first piece of silverware as a manger.
However, the Gabonese hitman then fell out of favour under Mikel Arteta late last year, for what at the time was described as disciplinary issues.
Aubameyang, despite being under contract until 2023, was then able to leave Arsenal on a free transfer in January.
Aubameyang spent the second half of 2021/22 at FC Barcelona before signing for Chelsea during the 2022 summer transfer window.
Now, after returning to London, Aubameyang has take a shot at Mikel Arteta, suggesting he cannot handle big characters and needs young players who do not say anything:
“Big characters and big players...he can’t deal with it. He needs some young players who don’t say anything.”
Arteta has built a fairly young squad, but the results are so far paying off.
The Gunners narrowly missed out on the Champions League last season and are on course for the top-four this term.
As for getting rid of older players, Arteta did sell a number, but he has kept Granit Xhaka and proved anyone with the right attitude can fit in his side.