Does Aubameyang deserve criticism for his move to Arsenal?

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang forced a move from Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal last month, and come under criticism from former team-mate and current Man City star Ilkay Gundogan.

The striker joined in a supposed £55 Million move from the BVB on deadline day last month, but not before being fined on a number of occasions by his former club during the same campaign.

Aubameyang is believed to have eagerly pursued an exit from the club, but that did not stop him from notching up 21 goals in all competitions for Dortmund, including six in his last seven competitive outings for his former side.

He clearly didn’t refuse to play for the BVB, nor did he appear to lower his workrate for them, so they can hardly complain, but that hasn’t stopped former team-mate Gundogan for talking out on the subject, another player who coincidentally made his intention to leave the club public before leaving to join Man City for a mediocre £20 Million fee.

The City midfielder said: “I don’t know if I could have done it like Auba did.

“At that time I was also criticised for my open change intentions at BVB. The reaction of the fans I understood a bit.

“But I only wanted to be honest and always gave everything for the club.”

Gundogan continued: “I very much hope that now peace is restored. Because you need it to be successful in the Bundesliga. All the bickering was certainly not conducive for the performance of the team.

“As a player you get on with it, and if you read any negative things in the paper every day, then it’s a burden. That’s a hindrance to getting full performance.

“I keep my fingers crossed for BVB that the club qualify for the Champions League. It would be nice if I see the boys there again next season.”

Is Gundogan a hypocrite for his criticisms? Did PEA ever not give his all for the BVB?

Pat J

Tags Arsenal Aubameyang BVB Dortmund Gundogan Man City


  1. killamch89 says:

    blah blah blah! This is modern football you win some you lose some. Get over it…Do you notice Wenger hasn’t really spoken about Alexis Sanchez or hasn’t bashed him at all despite him being the source of toxicity in the dressing room? That is how you handle it – move on and stop whining. Players come and go.

    1. killamch89 says:

      I’m pretty sure Aubameyang never threw his hands up and threw tantrums and acted like a petulant child like Sanchez did. I haven’t heard that he got into any bust-ups with anybody at BVB either. Don’t get me wrong I am a huge admirer of BvB but it is always best to let go a sulking player than hold on to him and let it affect the rest of the team.

    2. Kola says:

      …i completely agree with you. point on.

  2. Krish says:

    I like him as he came to arsenal but lets be honest if somebody left arsenal the way auba left BVB we’d absolutely hate him and that’d be understandable cause he disrespected the club in every way there is, so stop covering for him just because he came to us

    1. Sue says:

      Sanchez springs to mind

    2. Adega Olatunji says:

      So many players have done worse when ever they wanted to leave. Sami Nasri, van Parsil, Ashley Cole, the most painful one to me fabrigas. And the most recent one Sanchez, so let them leave with it this is our time to harvest

      1. Midkemma says:

        I actually defend Nasri and RvP… Rare aint I 😛

        Nasri was told by Wenger that he wouldn’t be sold and then the board told him he had been sold, this was when Wenger didn’t want Nasri and Cesc sold in the same season.

        I blame the board for selling Nasri when Nasri looked like he would be happy to stay a bit longer.

        RvP wanted to win trophies and he has only his contract as leverage, he pushed for AFC to show ambition and what did AFC do? Same old, same old. A threat is only worth it if you are willing to carry out on it, he did.

  3. Sue says:

    He scored a fair few times this season for them…. they have Michy now.. so get over it!

  4. Innit says:

    HeLL no. LOL
    Im glad he’s here lol
    Seriously, i hated how Alexis, RVP, Nasri, Sagna, Toure and of course Cashley Cole left but that’s football

    Time to forget it and move on.
    Welcome Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan
    Having LMAO (saw somebody using that this morning lol) Lacazette, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang, Ozil for an attack is the best weve had in years.

    Ive wanted Aubameyang to come here for years now. Better late then never

  5. gotanidea says:

    This is not related to Arsenal at all. All I care is how he can score more goals for Arsenal than the amount of goals he scored for Dortmund.

    I just wish Mislintat can continue his raid on Dortmund, by bringing more of their talented youngsters into Arsenal, such as Pulisic and Sancho.

    1. Midkemma says:

      Wasn’t it BvB who got Sancho… Another top youth 😉

  6. Will says:

    Nope – look at the Mahrez situation and how he has handled being courted by a new club and compare that to Auba and how he handled it. Think Gundogan needs to keep his opinions to himself.

    1. Ken 1945 says:

      We have been shafted by enough players and clubs, so why should we even bother worrying about it?
      The great thing is we didn’t have to pay a kings ransom in wages compared to Sanchez!!!!
      As for the players attitude, he wanted to come to us and he made that obvious….end of:

      1. Will says:

        Exactly – I couldn’t care less what pundits, ex pro’s and current pro’s say. The fact of the matter is we have Aubameyang and I could not be happier with the signing!! haha

      2. Kenny Rolfe says:

        Right as well Ken, great comment, Auba gave BVB great service and scored a bundle goals. Trouble with all these “Bods” not connected to our club is that they all thought we were going to lose Lex and Ozil for nothing, as it turned out we got rid of a sulking Alexis, bought two great players in and kept Ozil. Fantastic window, get over it

  7. ks-gunner says:

    Dortmund has a way with being soft towards player who want to leave to bayern. Them moving out and they play hard ball. Abuma was forced to stay like Mahres at L. city. Things can get ugly like this. You cant sell off all of the best players and think that those few who remain will be not effected by this. If arsenal would sell sanchez and not bring any one in the the likes of ozil would also be gone. At arsenal it happened some years ago now we need to make sure that such happenings are things of the past.

  8. Ackshay says:

    i just love the fact that Nina Bracewell-Smith lost millions of money due to the sale of her share to kroenke. Kroenke and usmanov both had 29% shares when nina sold her family shares to kroenke thus making him win the shares war. Good for you B***h and now she says she would have sold to usmamov as she would have lost less money. Your greed help destroyed our club, happy it ate at your fortune.

    1. Ken 1945 says:

      What makes it worse is the fact that she is complaining about her monetary loss and not actually addresing whether her actions were detrimental to the club!!!
      At the end of the day however, the shares were hers to do with as she wanted…

      1. jon fox says:

        Blimey Ken, For once we agree! Are there any filthy rich people antwhere who are truly moral and care primarily for their club above yet more and more filthy lucre! Well, yes there are but they are quite rare and non existent in our club.(I exclude players).

  9. andcliff says:

    2017/2018 season

    Sanchez: 19 appearances – 7 Goals

    Aubameyang: 25 appearances – 21 Goals

    So who downed tools then?

    Grow up BVB and accept the modern game first you whinge about Arsenal’s tactics and then about the player. You could have said no.

  10. Ingleby says:

    The comments from BVB before the transfer were just window dressing to try and justify upping the sale price. The more they created uncertainty and delay the better the chance of another club coming in with a bid and creating an auction situation. If that didn’t work they were gambling on Arsenal folding (which has been the track record in recent years) and hanging on until the summer when they could ask substantially more – and probably get it.
    Opinions from third parties (such as ourselves) are just that – whether they are pundits or other pros. Unless based on genuine inside knowledge it’s all just one person’s take.

  11. Ozziegunner@Newcastle upon Hunter says:

    You can’t blame BvB for reacting to the loss of Aubameyang; however Gundogan is a hypocrite. His comments say more about him than Aubameyang.

  12. Kenya 001 Ars fan says:

    Wel said ozzie cant agree more

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