After a flurry of drama and rumors, it now seems like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang won’t be going anywhere.
Aubameyang was suspended for Dortmund’s draw against Wolfsburg last weekend after missing a team meeting. A bunch of higher-ups at BVB came out to criticize the Gabon international’s behavior, but things have reportedly been patched up since then.
For a moment it looked like Auba could finally be on the move, and Arsene Wenger definitely took notice. The Arsenal manager praised Aubameyang in a press conference, which clearly did not sit too well with Michael Zorc. Dortmund’s sporting director has since lashed out at Wenger for what he views as “disrespect.”
“We think it is a lack of respect when you get involved with players who are playing for another team.”
“There is no contact with Arsenal. We can only assume that Arsène Wenger has enough to think about when it comes to the performances of his own players.”
Zorc is totally right. Arsenal are currently languishing in sixth place in the Premier League. Their best player is about to leave for Manchester United, they just lost 2-1 to Bournemouth, and their manager is increasingly giving off evidence that he has lost the plot.
Talking about another team’s players is 100% disrespectful. Sure, sometimes managers are goaded into speaking about a player by a reporter’s question. But that can be avoided too by simply saying, “I will not speak about a player that isn’t mine”, and then moving on to the next question.
Good on Zorc for defending his club in such a fierce way. Dortmund have been bossed around by clubs with larger resources far too many times. Plus, keeping Aubameyang for at least the rest of the season is a good move.
Hopefully this is one transfer story we can soon put to bed.