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Mikel Arteta responds to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang comments that he cant manage big characters or big players

Mikel Arteta responds to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang comments that he cant manage big characters or big players

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has responded to former captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s criticism, insisting that his current squad is more “hardworking” than in previous years.

Aubameyang left the Emirates Stadium for Barcelona in February, his contract terminated because he had not been in and around the first-team since Arteta dropped him for returning late from an agreed-upon break.

His stay in Spain lasted only seven months before he returned to the Premier League with Chelsea, and a video of the Gabonese forward criticizing Arteta’s management skills surfaced recently.

“To manage big characters or big players, he (Arteta) can’t deal with it,” Aubameyang was recorded as saying in an interview with A Jewellers. “He (Arteta) needs some young players, they don’t say anything, they listen.”

Aubameyang took to social media to clarify his comments

Since the video was first shared, Aubameyang took to social media to clarify his comments, writing part of a tweet which read: “Aware there is a video out that was recorded just after I arrived at Barca.

“At the time I still had a lot of bad feelings in me – Arsenal are doing great things this season and I wish all my old guys well, just not on November 6.”

On the eve of Arsenal’s Europa League match against Bodo/Glimt, Arteta was asked about Aubameyang’s comments.

“People are free to discuss what they want,” he said.

“I have never been in a better dressing-room (than this season) – more enjoyable, more hard-working, a better relationship between staff and players and it is an absolute pleasure as a coach to be a part of this group.”

For today’s game inside the Arctic Circle, Arteta has left in-form striker Gabriel Jesus at home.

Mikel Arteta responds to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang comments that he cant manage big characters or big players

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