Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta reacted to the statements of Chelsea attacker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before the match between the two teams in the Premier League.
Chelsea host Arsenal at Stamford Bridge this Sunday, and if Aubameyang gets minutes against the Gunners, he will face the north London outfit for the first time since leaving the club earlier this year.
Aubameyang left Arsenal in February this year after he and the Gunners mutually agreed to terminate his contract. It was a bitter end to his career at Arsenal, as he was stripped of the captaincy and had a falling out with Arteta.
Aubameyang joined Barcelona for free in February 2022. However, after just seven months at the Catalan side, the Gabonese striker returned to the Premier League. Chelsea landed Aubameyang in the 2022 summer transfer window.
Mikel Arteta reacts to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s warning ahead of the Chelsea v Arsenal clash
In a BT Sport promotional video ahead of Chelsea vs Arsenal this weekend, Aubameyang sent a warning to the Gunners. He said: “Arsenal, nothing personal, I’m back, I’m blue, I’m ready.”
Arteta has now reacted to comments Aubameyang made in the BT Sport ad. “You expect the players to do that,” Arteta said, when asked about Aubameyang’s comments. “If you ask any of our players how they feel about where they are, they will say the same thing.”
Arteta also admitted that Aubameyang could be very dangerous against Arsenal this weekend. “Very dangerous,” said the Arsenal manager.
“If Auba has anything, it’s the ability to put the ball in the back of the net and he will continue to do so until the day he decides he has had enough football.”
Arsenal will be looking to secure a win over Chelsea and maintain their status as Premier League leaders when they take on the west London side.
Arsenal currently sit top of the Premier League points table with 31 points from 12 games. He has 10 wins, a draw and a loss in the Premier League so far this season.
The Gunners have a two-point lead over Manchester City, who are second on 29 points. Chelsea, meanwhile, languishes in sixth place in the points table. The Blues have 21 points from 12 games. They are 10 points behind Arsenal.
The match between Chelsea and Arsenal kicks off at 5:30 pm Indian Standard Time on Sunday.