Borussia Dortmund Boss Taunts Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Over Lack Of Champions League
Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has poked fun at former Dortmund player Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over the fact that he is no longer playing Champions League football.
The Arsenal forward swapped Germany for England when he moved from Dortmund in January 2018 and he's lit up the Premier League ever since.
However his arrival has coincided with the team's failure to get into the Champions League and Watzke, talking to German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, mocked the Gabon forward for following the money, saying, "Aubameyang, who plays great at Arsenal, will probably be warm-hearted when he looks at his bank account, but on Wednesdays, will be saddened when he has to watch the Champions League on television.
"Some [players] go to clubs because of this money, where they have not played Champions League for years."
Dortmund have travelled to play Slavia Prague in UEFA's top club competition on Wednesday night whilst Aubameyang and his teammates host Standard Liege.
Having played in the Champions League for 18 years in-a-row, Arsenal have failed to qualify for the competition in the past three seasons.
Last season they had two chances to qualify but finished fifth in the Premier League before losing the Europa League final to rivals Chelsea, who'd beaten them to fourth spot.
The German side haven't really struggled without the goals of Aubameyang and came as close as ever to ending Bayern Munich's dominance in Germany last season.
Lucien Favre has built a very good side with Jadon Sancho obviously stealing all of the headlines but they also have attacking prowess with the likes of Julian Brandt, Thorgan Hazard, Marco Reus and Mario Gotze.
Despite all that the CEO clearly holds some grudge about the fact they had to sell their former striker to the Gunners for £56 million, in the transfer merry-go-round that saw Michy Batshuayi go to Germany and Olivier Giroud move to Chelsea.
According to the Daily Mail the former AC Milan forward could soon land himself a new deal at the Emirates, which would take him closer to Mesut Ozil's £350,000-a-week.
The newspaper claims Unai Emery's side are hoping to offload the German in January, even paying some of his wages themselves, and freeing up some of that money will help for a contract extension for Aubameyang.