Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s former Dortmund teammate, Robert Lewandowski, has described the 28-year-old’s departure from the Bundesliga as a ‘shame’.
Lewandowski and Aubameyang were at Dortmund for one season together before the Poland international signed for rivals Bayern Munich.
Since then, the two world class forwards have been in competition, with both stars fighting to be the German league’s top goalscorer.
Aubameyang won it last term but Lewandowski clinched it the season before, and the 29-year-old has revealed that it’s a ‘shame’ he’ll no longer have that rivalry to compete against.
“It was a great battle between us for this title, and his departure is a shame because this competition made us feel good. But you have to be strong mentally to do your job well, with or without competition,” Lewandowski told German outlet, Kicker, reports L’Equipe.
In theory, Lewandowski will now romp the Golden Boot but he might not necessarily see that as a good thing.
He’s a senior player that needs competition to thrive and I imagine the concept of not having that is pretty boring.
Despite not playing alongside Aubameyang since 2013/14, Lewandowski was one of a handful of players to send the Gabon international his well-wishes upon his move to north London.
Good luck @Aubameyang7 It was a pleasure to compete with you. Only a healthy fight is pushing us forward. 👊
— Robert Lewandowski (@lewy_official) January 31, 2018
The next time Arsenal fans will get to see the £56m signing in action will (probably) be against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final.
The former Dortmund man is ineligible to play in the Europa League and, since Arsene Wenger’s side are out of the FA Cup, they didn’t have a weekend match in between the two legs of the tie against Östersunds FK.
Aubameyang has already scored once for Arsenal. Hopefully, he’s started as he means to go on, even if he doesn’t have Lewandowski for competition.