‘He left me no other choice’: Former Dortmund manager Peter Stoger reveals how Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s poor behaviour forced club to sell him to Arsenal
- Arsenal signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Dortmund in January 2018
- Former Dortmund manager Peter Stoger said the club did not want to sell him
- But Stoger claimed Aubameyang’s poor behaviour forced Dortmund to cash-in
- Stoger explained: ‘He skipped team meetings before games or refused to run’
Former Borussia Dortmund manager Peter Stoger has revealed how Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s behaviour last year left the club with no other option than to sell him.
Dortmund sold striker Aubameyang to Arsenal in January, ending his four-and-a-half-year spell with the Bundesliga club.
Stoger said Dortmund wanted to keep Aubameyang, but his refusal to train properly forced them to cash-in, with the Gunners paying £56million.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pictured in Dortmund training shortly before his move to Arsenal
Former Dortmund boss Peter Stoger said the club did not want to sell him but were forced to
‘He left me no other choice,’ Stoger told Sport Bild.
‘He trained well four days of the week. But to underline his wish for a transfer, he skipped team meetings before games or refused to run during the final training.
‘We did our best to keep him for at least another half a year, but Auba wasn’t ready for that.’
Aubameyang scored 98 goals in 144 Bundesliga appearances for Dormund, averaging one every 1.47 games.
Since joining Arsenal he has netted 17 times in 23 Premier League outings at a rate of one goal per 1.35 matches.
Stoger said of the striker: ‘He trained well four days of the week. But to underline his wish for a transfer, he skipped team meetings before games or refused to run during the final training’
Aubameyang trained with Arsenal on Tuesday on the eve of their EFL Cup clash with Blackpool
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