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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed he still keeps contact with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and has outlined what Mikel Arteta can do to bring out the best of the Arsenal captain.
Aubameyang spent two seasons working under Tuchel at Borussia Dortmund in which he scored 79 goals in 95 matches and won the DFB-Pokal, one of just two major honours the Gabon international has won during his career.
Both developed a close relationship and Tuchel indulged the forward in a manner which Arteta has not at the Emirates. Aubameyang, especially in his role as club captain, is held to the same high standards as his teammates.
Speaking ahead of north London derby at the Stamford Bridge, Tuchel said:
“It’s not his strength to be absolutely on time but he was pretty much the only one.
“So when we wanted him to be on time, we told him the meeting was 10.45 when it was actually 11. So there was a good chance at least he’s there with everybody else. You could always hear his car from far. The last kilometre we could always hear, so we could start to prepare everything, start the video because he would soon arrive.
“I don’t really know how he managed to keep his driving licence throughout the two years because, from the sound of the car, I don’t know if he was always on the speed limit to arrive at the last minute. That’s him.
“It’s hard to be really mad at the guy because he comes with a big smile, he opens his heart, gives apologies to everyone. We could accept having one or two guys in the team like this isn’t the biggest problem.
“At the same time, and don’t forget this, he was a top, top professional. I don’t think he missed any training session in two seasons, never sneaked off the pitch early. When he was changed, he was ready. It was nice to have him.”