Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Thomas Tuchel had a good relationship at Borussia Dortmund
Thomas Tuchel has admitted that he feels ‘sorry’ for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and that he will contact his former striker after the Gabonese was stripped of the Arsenal captaincy this week.
Arsenal confirmed the £350,000-a-week striker had been relieved of the armband following his ‘latest’ disciplinary breach last week, which saw him return back late from France.
Aubameyang has not been involved in the Gunners’ wins over Southampton and West Ham since the incident, with Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette skippering the North Londoners instead.
And Chelsea boss Tuchel, who worked with Aubameyang during his time at Borussia Dortmund, said he will speak with the Gabonese ‘at some point’ and that he ‘feels sorry’ for the 32-year-old.
“I will, I will at some point. But, you know, I don’t want to also disturb [him],” the Chelsea manager said this week.
“I think he was a very important player for me and we had a very close relationship until today. When we meet it’s still always very, very nice.
“I can only say the best things about Auba as a player and as a person.
“I feel sorry for him that he’s in trouble. This is not where he should be with his kind of quality and the positive character that he has – and I still believe in that.
“But I’m not involved, and I’m not involved in what’s going on at his club now, and for this I also want to show my respect [to Arsenal] and not be involved and not judge what is right and wrong.”