Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has hit back at Hans-Joachim Watzke after the Borussia Dortmund CEO had an unprovoked dig at the Arsenal striker.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring Arsenal’s first goal against Olympique Lyonnais in pre-season (Photo via Twitter / Arsenal)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring Arsenal’s first goal against Olympique Lyonnais in pre-season (Photo via Twitter / Arsenal)

We covered quotes from Watzke this week on Aubameyang, where the Dortmund chief said the striker would 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”.

The implication was pretty clear, that Aubameyang had only left to chase money, rather than for the sake of his playing career. The 30-year-old responded on Twitter:

It’s actually a very similar response to the one we made in our article on the subject. It’s difficult for Watzke to talk about Aubameyang’s bank account when he sold off two of the team’s best players that season (Dembele and Aubameyang himself) for close to €200m.

The CEO could have adopted a different approach, convincing the players to stay or at least taking the hard line that they had to respect their contracts, but he didn’t. He collected the cash and moved on, just like he’s accusing Aubameyang of doing.

We all know the reality, that after five years at Dortmund where Aubameyang had only managed to lead them to one trophy despite scoring 141 goals, he just needed to move on.

It’s hard to score the winner in a cup final, score 40 goals in one season and know you’re never likely to achieve anything more with your current club, which is how it was for Aubameyang in 2017.

He wanted a new challenge and to play in the Premier League, and he’s doing that. Of course, we all want Arsenal to be back in the Champions League and winning trophies, but even making it to two finals with the club is better than Dortmund getting knocked out of Europe two years in a row by Spurs.