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Graham Potter: Aubameyang is excited

Updated on: 06 November,2022 07:42 AM IST  |  London

Chelsea boss Graham Potter says Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick primed to avenge bitter Arsenal exit as he eagerly awaits to take on Gunners at Stamford Bridge today

Graham Potter: Aubameyang is excited

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Pic/Getty Images

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is “excited” by the challenge of facing Arsenal on Sunday as the Chelsea striker aims to avenge his acrimonious departure from the Premier League leaders. 

Aubameyang was exiled by Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta last season following a series of disciplinary issues before joining Barcelona in January. The 33-year-old’s misdemeanours mainly surrounded his poor time-keeping. He was stripped of the Arsenal captaincy and the remainder of his contract was ripped up.

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But the Gabon forward returned to the Premier League in September when Chelsea swooped on deadline day, giving him the chance to go head to head with Arteta for the first time since his bitter exit. Chelsea boss Graham Potter admitted Aubameyang is fired up by the prospect of taking on his former club. 

Interesting clash

“I think he’s looking forward to the game, excited for it,” Potter said. “Arsenal are doing really well and the history makes it an interesting one for Auba.” Aubameyang was one of Arsenal’s most popular players with fans during four years in north London, making his departure all the more shocking. Signed by Potter’s predecessor Thomas Tuchel, Aubameyang has made a solid start to life with Chelsea, scoring three times in 11 appearances. However, Potter is keen to ensure the 33-year-old’s revenge mission does not serve as a distraction when Arsenal visit Stamford Bridge this weekend.

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“The past is the past as far as we’re concerned. I don’t think we should make it about him,” Potter said. “He is an important part of the team for us but it takes everybody, not just one person.” 

‘We don’t allow big egos’

While Aubameyang felt aggrieved by the manner of his exit, Mohamed Elneny’s claim this week that players with big egos are not welcome in the Arsenal dressing room felt like a swipe at his old teammate. “We don’t allow big egos. This is the dressing room we have now.”

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