The gloves are off- Hans-Joachim Watzke and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang clash

Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke and Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have become embroiled in a war of words after the former BVB striker reacted angrily to comments made by the Dortmund boss on Wednesday.

Speaking on the same day as the Schwarzgelben were in Prague for their second Champions League group stage fixture of the season, Watzkte took a verbal swipe at the Gabon striker for the manner in which he left the Signal Iduna Park back in January 2018.

“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” Watzke told Suddeutsche Zeitung.

“Some go to clubs because of this money, where they have not played Champions League for years.”


Aubameyang if you remember rather forced his way out of the club by repeatedly infringing club rules and many at the club feel that boosting his bank balance came before any loyalty to the club.

The Arsenal striker however has not taken the comments from his former employer well and hit back with a tweet of his own, telling Watzke a few home truths.

“Better for you I never talk about why I really left Dortmund Mr Watzke you such a clown. I remember that time you said we never gonna sell Ousmane then you saw more than 100M you were the first to take that money -don’t talk about money please!!! Leave me alone pls.”


Borussia Dortmund have fared pretty well after the departure of their talismanic former striker with both Paco Alcacer and Jadon Sancho arriving to fill the void he left. In the Premier League Aubameyang has continued to show that he is one of the best goalscorers in Europe- albeit in an Arsenal side that failed to qualify for the Champions League. He has scored 49 goals in 73 appearances for the Gunners, whereas in his time in the Ruhr he bagged 141 goals in 213 matches.

There is clearly no love lost between the pair and it remains to be seen whether this is the end of the spat, or whether indeed Watzke or Aubameyang will want to stick the boot in one more time and have the last word.

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Mathew Burt

A year spent living in Bremen got Mathew hooked on the Bundesliga with regular visits to the Weser Stadion getting in the way of his studies. Back in the UK now, he still keenly follows the Grün-Weißen and German football in general. Follow him on Twitter @matburt74.

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