Later News Sep 28

Aubameyang incurs the wrath of Arsenal fans, but can redeem himself against Liverpool

Oh dear lord, what on earth was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang thinking?


The Arsenal star, who signed a three-year extension on his contract with the Gunners after reportedly rejecting advances from both Barcelona and Inter Milan, responded to a tweet saying he deserves to be in a better team than Arsenal by liking it.


The tweet, in French, said: “He deserves a team of the calibre of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City, Liverpool, etc, not Arsenal for years.”


Aubameyang’s new contract is said to have given him a significant pay rise over his £200,000-a-week wages, making him the highest earner at the Emirates. When it was renewed on Sept 15, Arsenal released a video in which the Gabon international, who was Arsene Wenger’s last signing and was made captain by Unai Emery, proclaimed he wanted to be an Arsenal legend, and to leave a legacy.


WATCH: Aubameyang tells Wright he wants to be an Arsenal legend


“This is where I belong, this is my family,” he declared.


However, to like the aforesaid tweet is tantamount to saying how proud you are of your family and how much you love them one moment, and then agreeing with someone who says you’d be better off if you were born to or adopted by a better family since yours is rubbish.


Which has no doubt incurred the wrath of Gooners the world over.


But the Arsenal ace – the Gunners’ top scorer over the last two seasons – can make amends for that slip when his side take on Liverpool at Anfield early tomorrow morning (SGT).


WATCH: The stats behind Aubameyang’s spell at Arsenal so far


Both Liverpool and Arsenal have won their first two games of the new Premier League season, but only one can join Leicester City, who destroyed Manchester City 2-5 at the Etihad early this morning (SGT) and Everton as the third side to have a perfect record with three matches played.


While Liverpool are favourites to win at home, it has to be noted that Arsenal have had the better of the defending champions in recent times. 


Arsenal were just one of three teams to have beaten Liverpool last season – the other being Watford (a real shocker) and Manchester City (after Liverpool were crowned champions, so no one really cared except for Manchester United fans). 


The Gunners also defeated the Reds on penalties in the season opening Community Shield, though few, Manchester United fans included, would seriously regard the result.


While Arsenal’s win was inconsequential to the fortunes of the champions last season, Aubameyang and Co can take this as an opportunity to stake their claim as title contenders, or at least provide a display worthy of a Champions League finish.


WATCH: Arsenal prepare for Liverpool showdown at Anfield


Liverpool have been unbeaten in 60 games at Anfield since April 2017. If Aubameyang can lead Arsenal to victory at Anfield, it will no doubt repay the club’s faith in him, while providing him redemption for his indiscretion. Liverpool, after all, are one of the sides mentioned in the tweet as a “team of calibre”.


He can then provide a calibrated response that the blunder was a butt-like, as in a butt-dial, and put the episode behind him.




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