Whether it has an impact on his desire to move there or not Chelsea or not remains to be seen, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang clearly still has a measure of affection for Arsenal when giving his answer to a difficult rapid-fire question.
The former Gunners captain arrived at Barcelona in January after a bitter departure that saw him fall out with manager Mikel Arteta, who sanctioned his contract being terminated.
Aubameyang then had a bright start to his Barcelona career, scoring 13 goals in all competitions and helping Xavi’s side salvage something from a difficult season and qualify for the Champions League.
However, Barcelona’s dangerous financial situation combined with the acquisition of Robert Lewandowski has put Aubameyang’s future in serious question as Chelsea intend to test the waters while they step up their own bid for a new striker.
Although their own team have meanwhile moved on with the signing of Gabriel Jesus, Arsenal fans would no doubt still struggle to face the prospect of Aubameyang playing in Chelsea blue.
At the very least, however, they’re unlikely to ever see him representing their north London rivals after he gave a pretty decisive answer and voted Real Madrid over Tottenham with a trademark grin during a Q&A session with ESPN.
According to reports in Spain, Aubameyang’s representatives are currently in talks with Barcelona’s hierarchy to establish their intentions regarding the striker’s future.
Aubameyang, who was handed a new squad number earlier this week, wants to stay at the Camp Nou but is willing to listen to any suggestion Chelsea are willing to make.
Lewandowski’s arrival could hamper Aubameyang’s playing time, certainly in his preferred central striker role, but speaking last month he insisted the two could work together as they had for a lonely season at Dortmund.
He said: “I was really excited because I know him well, we played together in Dortmund and had some nice times there.
“I was just happy and when that was official we’re reunited and we had some funny words about the past but I’m really happy because that’s how Barcelona will compete with great strikers and that’s what this club is about.
“Of course I think we have more experience, maybe we can do better than in the past in Dortmund, I’m sure. Personally, I’ll try to do my best and I’m sure he will. We hope to have better numbers than in the past.’
Asked if manager Xavi has expanded his plan to house two world-class forwards, he said: “Yes, a little bit.
“He spoke to all of us about the fact that we have to compete this year to win titles. When it comes to trophies, of course we need a competitive team.
“That’s why we have a lot of forwards, midfielders and defenders. That’s the way to get things done this season.”
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