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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has an Arsenal tattoo, but his dig about “weird” Tottenham will endear him to Chelsea supporters immediately

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has an Arsenal tattoo, but his dig about “weird” Tottenham will endear him to Chelsea supporters immediately

Football contests. This is not something to take lightly.

Therefore, it is inevitable that former Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s transfer to London rivals Chelsea will seem a little strange to west London fans.

Obviously, he is not the only player to have represented both clubs. Olivier Giroud, Ashley Cole, and Cesc Fabregas are but three of the several players who have moved from north to west London.

However, despite the fact that Auba formerly bled Gunners red and even had an Arsenal tattoo, the striker’s words regarding Arsenal’s rivals Tottenham Hotspur will be music to the ears of Chelsea supporters, as they share Arsenal’s hatred for Tottenham Hotspur.

Arsenal and Tottenham have formed a rivalry since the Gunners moved from Woolwich, south of the river, to Tottenham territory, north of the river, in north London.

During Aubameyang’s four-year tenure at the Emirates, it was inevitable that he would develop a dislike for Tottenham, a trait he will need at Stamford Bridge.

He has scored eight goals against them throughout his career.

Moreover, during the course of his career, his views on Spurs have grown evident. Even before he arrived to Arsenal…

‘Weird’ transfer collapse

While playing for Borussia Dortmund in 2016, Aubameyang disclosed that he almost joined Spurs in 2012 when he was with Saint-Étienne.

At the time of the admittance, Spurs needed to acquire another striker to complement Harry Kane.

And prior to playing the north London club in the Europa League, Auba spoke on the failed transfer, saying, “In the end everything became a bit weird — I didn’t really like the way things were done.

“If Spurs ever came back in me for me, I’d say no.”

Who knows what might have been, but it is evident that Auba has always viewed Spurs in a peculiar light ever since.

Special Celebration

Aubameyang claimed in a recent episode of ‘All or Nothing: Arsenal’ on Amazon Prime that he considered his games against Tottenham to be so crucial that he had to dedicate any goals to his late grandfather.

“Nobody knows about the story. This is the first time I’m telling it to people, why I’m always doing the star while I’m playing against Tottenham,” Aubameyang said ahead of last season’s North London Derby at the Emirates.

“Back in 2016, I lost my grandfather and we played against Tottenham that day.

“So, that’s why I’m doing the star always against them because that day I remember I scored twice for him and I was really happy. That’s why, since then, I always do something for him, so here’s my star.”

He scored in his team’s 3-1 victory.

‘I really don’t care’

At a fan Q&A two months after the NLD, the striker spoke with a Gunners fan. When asked whether he would rather retire or join Spurs, Auba spoke on his opinion of the club.

“You don’t need to ask the question,” he responded. “You know it already. I would retire.

“I don’t know if you know this, but a few years ago, I was close to signing for Tottenham. In the end… I don’t know what they did. So I’d rather retire!”

When asked about Spurs appointing Antonio Conte as manager, the then-Arsenal skipper said: “I’ll be honest, I really don’t care. That’s not my problem, really.”

Auba will undoubtedly feel at home at Stamford Bridge very quickly, and he will welcome the opportunity to play against Tottenham again for Chelsea, given that he already has an innate dislike for Spurs.

Even if he has a Gunners tattoo…

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has an Arsenal tattoo, but his dig about “weird” Tottenham will endear him to Chelsea supporters immediately

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