The circumstances of how Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang moved to Arsenal has been revealed by former Borussia Dortmund head coach Peter Stoger.
The Gabon star has started his season brilliantly with the north London club and is currently the joint Premier League top goalscorer along with Eden Hazard.
Aubameyang forged a reputation as one of the world’s deadliest strikers after moving to Westfalenstadion from Saint-Etienne.
He spent four-and-a-half seasons scoring 141 goals in just over 200 appearances for the German side.
However, when the opportunity presented itself for the current Arsenal No. 14 to move in January this year, he could not refuse. And his former coach said that he missed team meetings and refused to run during training sessions in order to force through his move to north London.
“He left me no other choice. He trained well four days of the week,” Stoger told Sport Bild as reported by Sport.
“But to underline his wish for a transfer, he skipped team meetings before games or refused to run during the final training.
“We did our best to keep him for at least another half a year, but Auba wasn’t ready for that.
“Honestly, I got along well with him although he kept me pretty busy for four weeks.
“But Auba personally apologised to me before joining Arsenal. He told me that his behaviour had nothing to do with my person and that he had felt my support.”
He was on target again during the 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace which ended his team’s 11 game winning streak and he has already scored 17 goals in just 23 Premier League appearances.
Despite being on the bench for Emery in some games he has been extremely clinical for the Gunners.
According to Opta, his record gives him a minutes per goal ratio of 104.6, which is the best of anyone in the competition’s history (minimum 10 goals).