After former Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang completed a deadline-day transfer to Chelsea from Barcelona, Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel used the opportunity to poke fun at Arsenal, Chelsea’s local rivals.
On September 1, Aubameyang was transferred to the Blues from the Catalan giants for a transfer fee of £10.8 million. The Blues will be hoping the 33-year-old Gabonese player can fill the vacuum left by the departures of Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner this summer. The Gabonese player signed a two-year contract with the Blues.
What did Thomas Tuchel say about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang?
At a pre-match press conference, Tuchel joked about Mikel Arteta’s team as he responded to a question regarding Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s return to London. According to Football London, he stated:
“I am sure that everyone is relieved that he has decided to join the club that is blue rather than the club that is red at this time. They will have a pretty clear understanding of who he is very quickly. He is planning on scoring by taking advantage of his quickness. He is the first line of pressing, and he is quite powerful in counter-pressing. He is a really dedicated striker who works very hard.”
He proceeded by saying: “That was the thing that made him stand out to me when we were in Dortmund. There, he came away with a few awards. Auba is never unwilling to fight for anything and is always eager to take on a task. The more difficult situations he has to deal with, the better.”
A speedy and mobile assassin, Aubameyang previously worked with Tuchel at Borussia Dortmund for two years. The attacker played in 63 games when he was being coached by him, and he finished with 56 goals and eight assists.
On September 3, Aubameyang is scheduled to make his first appearance for Chelsea when the team takes on West Ham United in a match that will be played at Stamford Bridge.