Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed that he came very close to becoming the villain of the fans that now sing his name as he almost joined Tottenham Hotspur.
The 32-year-old has been a pivotal player for the Gunners since his arrival from Borussia Dortmund for £56million in 2018.
He led the line in his opening few campaigns in the Premier League before recently shifting into a left-wing position and using his pace and energy on the flank.
Aubameyang has scored 68 goals in 124 league appearances for Arsenal, but he came very close to scoring for a different club in north London – Spurs.
Speaking on a Sky Sports Fan Q&A posted on YouTube, a Gunners fan asked the forward what he would rather do: retire or join rivals Tottenham.
“You don’t need to ask the question," he responded. "You know it already. I would retire.
“I don’t know if you know this, but a few years ago, I was close to signing for Tottenham. In the end… I don’t know what they did. So I’d rather retire!”
The answer, of course, was met with laughter from all angles of the crowd and also will have left some Spurs fans somewhat disappointed that they didn’t manage to sign the forward considering his absence would have left Arsenal really struggling in years gone by.
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But since not putting pen to paper for Spurs, the Gabonese international barely pays any attention to what the bitter rivals of his employer get up to nowadays.
Aubameyang was later asked what his opinion was of former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte replacing Nuno Espirito Santo in the dugout of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, to which he replied: “I don’t care. “I’ll be honest, I really don’t care. That’s not my problem. Really.”
Aubameyang was linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium over the summer as manager Mikel Arteta spent £149m on bringing a fresh wave of fresh talent into the team.
However, the Spaniard has kept the faith in the former Saint-Etienne player and has been willing to make an exception to his mainly under-24 squad in order to play the forward.
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