Ex-Dortmund coach reveals how Aubameyang forced Arsenal move

DORTMUND, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 25: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Dortmund looks thoughtful during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Schalke 04 at Signal Iduna Park on November 25, 2017 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Peter Stoger revealed that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left him with no other choice but to allow him to join Arsenal in January

Aubameyang emerged as one of the most impressive strikers in European football across his four and a half years with Borussia Dortmund.

But, in light of a disappointing start to last season and some lingering issues behind the scenes, Aubameyang sought a move to Arsenal at the beginning of this year and went out of his way to make it happen.

Things got so bad at Dortmund that Stoger was left with little choice but to suspend the Gabonese twice.

Although the German coach eventually resigned himself to losing Aubameyang and allowed the transfer, despite losing another star forward in Ousmane Dembele to Barcelona five months earlier.

“He left me no other choice. He trained well four days of the week,” Stoger told Sport Bild.

“But to underline his wish for a transfer, he skipped team meetings before games or refused to run during the final training.

WATFORD, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Henrikh Mkhitaryan of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Arsenal FC at Vicarage Road on April 15, 2019 in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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“We did our best to keep him for at least another half a year, but ‘Auba’ wasn’t ready for that.”

Die Borussen’s poor finish to last season saw Stoger hand in his resignation after losing four of his last seven games in charge.

However, Stoger holds no grudge towards Aubameyang.

“Honestly, I got along well with him although he kept me pretty busy for four weeks. But ‘Auba’ personally apologized to me before joining Arsenal,” he added.

“He told me that his behaviour had nothing to do with me personally and that he had felt my support.”

Since sealing his club record move of £56m, Aubameyang has managed 19 goals and five assists in 26 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal.


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