Arsenal’s players have been talking about Chelsea star a lot in training before Sunday’s game - journalist
Journalist Miguel Delaney has claimed in his newsletter that Arsenal players have been discussing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in detail before Sunday’s game against Chelsea.
The striker enjoyed multiple successful years at the Emirates before eventually ending up at Stamford Bridge.
However, his antics in the week may have caused a stir with his former teammates and supporters.
He has been seen in the BT Sport promotional advert for the game expressing no hard feelings that he now plays for Arsenal’s rivals.
Delaney has claimed this hasn’t gone unnoticed amongst Mikel Arteta’s side, and it could lead to a chaotic fixture.
Arsenal players discussing Aubameyang
He said: “The Arsenal players have obviously seen Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s BT promo – quoted below – and it has created a bit more edge for their trip to Chelsea on Sunday. The Gabonese striker is actually quite a popular figure in Mikel Arteta’s dressing room, but he just wasn’t a good captain. The ad has naturally been mentioned a lot.
“It comes at a time when Arsenal had maybe lost some of their emotional momentum, just as Chelsea lose some of their tactical momentum. Arteta’s side had been flagging in games until they played Nottingham Forest. Chelsea have been playing like they’ve internalised the first steps of Graham Potter’s framework but now needs to go deeper. That is something that can happen with coaches like this, given they willingly refer to it as an ‘education process’.
“There’s that period when there’s an immediate good run – as happened with Potter’s first results – and then a plateauing, before the next stage. This is almost exactly what happened with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City in 2016-17. It could make for quite a chaotic game on Sunday.”
The Blues will be looking to bounce back from their first defeat under Graham Potter last time out in the league against Brighton.
They did at least return to winning ways against Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League. Aubameyang in particular impressed despite not scoring.
He will be hoping more than anyone that he starts on Sunday, with the nature of his exit from the club well known in the footballing world.