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“I don’t think”: Ex-Arsenal man on Aubameyang’s departure

"I don’t think": Ex-Arsenal man on Aubameyang's departure

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Former Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos believes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s case could’ve been ‘resolved differently’.

The Gabon International moved to Barcelona from Arsenal as a freebie in January 2022 on an 18-month contract.

The striker scored 10 goals in his 14 matches so far for the Catalan club, beating Leo Messi (38 games) and Luis Suarez’s (24 games) record to hit 10 goals for the club.

Talking on the issue via Daily Mail, Sokratis claimed Arteta made a mistake letting the player leave:

“Aubameyang is not the only one who left this way from Arsenal, other players also left like that; including myself,” said the defender.

 

“That was the team’s choice, each footballer works for the team and has to respect that choice.

 

“I don’t know and personally I don’t think it was the correct choice, the matter could have been resolved differently.

 

“I’ve known Aubameyang for many years, I know what he can do as a footballer. I am certain of what he will do at Barcelona.

 

“I wish him good luck and all the best. The same goes for Arsenal despite the way I also left. I wish them well.

 

“[The way I left] Was not the best, I was left out of the team. But it’s a matter I haven’t spoken about yet, I respected the manager’s choice. I spoke with him.

 

“I am a professional, I worked for the club and love the club. I will definitely continue to be a friend and fan just like I am for all the other clubs I played for, such as Dortmund and [AC] Milan.”

 

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