Ahead of Chelsea‘s visit to the Emirates on Tuesday, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has called on fans to give former captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a warm reception.
The striker who now plays for Chelsea was booed by Arsenal supporters during the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge last November after making comments in a TV commercial that were perceived as disrespectful.
Despite falling out of favour under Arteta towards the end of his Arsenal career, Aubameyang played a key role in the team’s FA Cup success in 2020, scoring crucial goals in both the semi-final and final.
Arteta has called on Arsenal fans to show their gratitude and respect for the 33-year-old’s contributions to the club.
Aubameyang’s move to London rivals Chelsea did not go down well with Arsenal fans, but Arteta hopes that the striker will be given a warm welcome on his return to the Emirates.
The manager has emphasized Aubameyang’s importance to Arsenal during his time at the club, highlighting his scoring prowess and leadership as captain.
But the Spaniard does not think that will top them from being a success in the future. He said: “It’s a great question and you think you might go in that direction.
“But playing with Gael Clichy, David Silva, Bernardo Silva, Kun Aguero, [Raheem] Sterling – City collected 100 points. Xavi, Iniesta, Messi, Pedro – six titles [at Barcelona’.
“Good players, incredible players. In the right moment they step up. They love what they do and they create the right chemistry.
“You have them and they are all two metres tall? Even better. Great. Are they good enough technically? Are they sharp enough? Can they turn?
“The perfect machine – that’s what we all want. Give me 24 of those. We are all looking for the perfect squad, and hopefully we can find it.”
Meanwhile, Arsenal are looking to bounce back from a disappointing loss to Manchester City in their last Premier League match.
The Gunners appeared to be at a physical disadvantage against City, and Arteta will need to make adjustments to his lineup to ensure that Arsenal can compete effectively against Chelsea today.
As Arsenal prepares to face one of their biggest rivals in a crucial match, Arteta’s call for fans to show their appreciation for Aubameyang’s contributions underscores the importance of respect and gratitude in building a successful team.
Whether or not Arsenal can secure a victory against Chelsea, the team will need to maintain a positive attitude and a sense of unity to continue their progress this season.