Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaes has suggested that the club’s players did not want Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to leave this January.
The Gabon international ended up leaving the Gunners for a transfer to Barcelona, and Gabriel seems to be suggesting that the player’s departure was all down to manager Mikel Arteta and his coaching staff.
Aubameyang was a star player for Arsenal before a loss of form in the last year or so, but it seems he still had the backing of his team-mates.
“Aubameyang is in my heart, we all wanted him at Arsenal,” Gabriel said.
“It’s something that happened between him and the coaching staff, the other players weren’t in it.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in action for Barcelona
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“I said goodbye to him before he left, I hope he enjoys Barcelona, he is a very nice person with a big heart and I love him very much.”
Aubameyang has started well at Barca, showing that he still has it in him to be one of the finest forwards in Europe.
Arsenal, meanwhile, look a little short of options up front and may live to regret letting the 32-year-old leave.