The rumuors of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s dissatisfaction never failed to gain traction.
The tempestuous relationship between Aubameyang and Dortmund is over with his transfer to Arsenal just hours before the winter transfer deadline closed.
A cursory look at the mountain of criticisms that Aubameyang faced at Dortmund paints a picture of a Pandora’s box for fans.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s discipline problems
Aubameyang joined Dortmund’s training camp late because he went to the Africa footballer of the year award ceremony in Ghana. It set tongues wagging that he came late to camp.
The coach of Dortmund, Peter Stöger, defended Aubameyang,”because it is a great honour that he could be in the award for Africa’s Footballer of the Year.“
The same Stöger suspended Aubameyang for ‘disciplinary reasons’ when he failed to turn up for an important team meeting before the second half of the Bundesliga started.
Aubameyang is an enigma that is difficult to comprehend sometimes. In all his time at Dortmund, he was suspended by three different coaches! Clearly, it is not a coincidence.
Dortmund officials were accused of not reining in to keep Aubameyang’s excesses off the pitch.
Exit from Dortmund was the only way out
Aubameyang was pilloried for being brazen and different in his persona. His flamboyant and extravagant lifestyle did not go down well with many people.
It was only a matter of time before his name became a misnomer for a mercenary player with a selfish agenda. His fellow players and fans began to question his privileged status at the club.
During his last days that he wore the Dortmund jersey, football took a back seat. Aubameyang buckled under pressure and wanted to leave by all means.
Aubameyang should be remembered as a player who came to Dortmund from AS Saint-Étienne, four and a half years ago. In 212 games, he scored 141 goals and 38 assists. He was productive on the pitch and brought some glorious moments for Borussia Dortmund.
Aubameyang comes with a baggage, but what you see is what you get.