Arsenal former striker Emmanuel Adebayor slates Arsenal for Aubameyang treatment and insists: ‘The same thing happened to me’
Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang deserves to be brought back into the team – if the club can learn to “forgive” their players. He said to Skysports
The 37-year-old likened his own experiences at Arsenal with the way he believes Aubameyang is being treated at the club.
The former Tottenham, and Real Madrid star spent three years at the Emirates Stadium, scoring 62 goals and contributing 24 assists in 144 appearances for the Gunners.
However, he has carried a strong loathing of the north Londoners, ever since his bitter and volatile departure in 2009, when he signed for Manchester City in 2009.
He added further fuel to the fire when he sprinted the length of the pitch and celebrated in front of the travelling Arsenal fans, after scoring against his former club – he soon received a £25,000 fine from the FA for his controversial celebration.
And more than ten years since his exit from the Emirates Stadium, current Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is enduring a similar falling out with current striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Gabonese striker has banned from the squad ever since he allegedly returned late from a trip abroad before Arsenal’s 3-0 home victory against Soton and stripped him off the club Captaincy.
“I know he’s going through a lot, because that’s Arsenal for you,” Adebayor said to Sky Sports News.
“They never knew how to forgive, so I know he went through a lot. He’s a fantastic player, I wish him all the best – I’ve sent him a message already.
We just want him to bounce back. Whether we like it or not, he’s an African brother and we want him to keep representing Africa the way he was doing before.
“I don’t think so (if Aubameyang can succeed at Arsenal), this is what I know because it happened to me also.
“Not in the same way but in Arsenal, a way back I would be surprised [to see]. But he’s a great player so let’s see how it ends up.”
Adebayor also insists Arsene Wenger is a “fake” manager when compared to Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho is the one of the managers I loved and will always love,” Adebayor told Turkish television programme Beyond The Game.
He is one of the [most] honest managers I have met in my career, which is crazy because most of the managers are all kind of fake.
“As an example, I had a meeting with Arsene Wenger in his office when he told me I had to leave because he didn’t see my future anymore in Arsenal.
So I didn’t have any other choice than joining Man City, who I was very happy to join.
“And the next day when I joined Manchester City I saw him doing a press conference in London saying that I wanted to leave because the money was big and everything and since that day that is where the hate for Arsenal came from.”
Aubameyang has returned to the Emirates Stadium after his heart issue that unfairly ruled him out of Gabon’s Afcon Squad.
According to the Athletic, stating that the highest-earner isn’t set to jet off with the squad to Dubai on Thursday,poses a lot of questions about his future at the Emirates Stadium.
Aubameyang is reportedly not interested in a move to Saudi Arabia after Al Hilal expressed an interest in signing the forward on an initial loan deal.
According to numerous reports, Aubameyang is keen to stay in Europe, with Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain among the clubs monitoring his situation.