Arsenal defender Gabriel has said Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is “in my heart” while explaining that his relationship with Mikel Arteta and the coaching staff, not his teammates, led to his departure.
Aubameyang moved to Barcelona in January after being frozen out at Arsenal and the Gabon international is off to a fast start for his new club with five goals in his first six appearances.
Prior to that, he hadn’t played since December 6, having been stripped of the Arsenal captaincy, but Aubameyang’s former team-mate Gabriel says he still has fond memories of the striker.
What did Gabriel say?
“Aubameyang is in my heart, we all wanted him at Arsenal,” the Brazilian defender told Oh My Goal.
“It’s something that happened between him and the coaching staff, the other players weren’t in it.
“I said goodbye to him before he left, I hope he enjoys Barcelona, he’s a very nice person with a big heart and I love him very much.”
Aubameyang at Arsenal
Aubameyang initially joined Arsenal in January 2018 for what was then a club record £56m and he went on to play a total of 163 games for the London club. H
We’ve scored 92 goals in all competitions during that time, helping Arsenal win the FA Cup in 2019-20 and the Community Shield in 2020.