Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has questioned Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s decision to join Arsenal, suggesting the striker did it for the money.
The Gabon international swapped Dortmund for Arsenal in a £60m deal in January 2018, having starred for the German side for several years.
He’s since been a massive hit for Gunners, scoring 49 goals and registering 12 assists in his first 73 games for the club to re-establish himself as one of the top strikers in Europe once more.
Nine of those goals came in the Europa League last season, as the forward helped fire Arsenal to the final of the competition, where Chelsea beat them.
Aubameyang is one of several big-name players to have left the Signal Iduna Park in recent years, with Dortmund stars such as Ousmane Dembele, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Ilkay Gündogan all making big moves away from the club.
The next one to follow them could be Jadon Sancho and, when asked about the chance of the forward leaving next summer, with €20m in wages reportedly on offer in England, Watzke took aim at Aubameyang.
“Of course it is hard to keep a player in the face of such sums,” he told Süddeutsche Zeitung.
“Some go to clubs because of this money, where they have not played Champions League for years.
“Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who plays great at Arsenal, will probably be warm-hearted when he looks at his bank account, but on Wednesdays, will be saddened when he has to watch the Champions League on television.”