Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel “feels sorry” for Aubameyang over Arsenal captaincy saga

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has revealed his thoughts on Arsenal stripping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of his captaincy by admitting he “feels sorry” for the striker.

Aubameyang, 32, was named Arsenal captain back in November 2019 but was stripped of the honour this week following a breach of club discipline.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta announced that he informed the Gabonese star face-to-face of the decision in what was an “unpleasant situation”.

Arteta has not shied away from fall outs with players during his tenure as manager and the forward becomes the latest to be disciplined, having been dropped for last weekend’s 3-0 win over Southampton.

And now Tuchel, who was Aubameyang’s manager at Borussia Dortmund between 2015 and 2017, has spoken about the striker's "positive character."

The German said: “He was an important player for me and we have a good relationship.

“I feel sorry for him that he is in trouble, this is not where he should be with his kind of quality and the positive character he has. I still believe in this.

“But I am not involved and not involved in what is going on. So I want to show my respect and not judge what is right and wrong.

“My relationship with Auba is not effected by that.”

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Aubameyang became a prodigious goal-scorer under Tuchel in the 2015/16 season after being converted from a striker to a winger.

He went on to score 79 goals in 95 appearances for Dortmund during the German’s two seasons in charge.

The forward was similarly potent in his first two-and-a-half seasons for Arsenal, but has looked a shadow of his former self since winning the FA Cup and penning a £250,000-a-week three-year deal.

He currently has seven goals to his name this campaign, though his contributions have largely been overshadowed by some misses in front of goal.

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