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Chelsea misfit Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has suggested 'people forget what's real life' after responding to a compassionate comment on social media.
The former Gabon international had just nine touches in his return to the Emirates Stadium before he was hauled off at half-time in Tuesday's 3-1 defeat to former club Arsenal. There's bad blood between him and many among the Gunners faithful for the manner in which he left north London for Barcelona in February 2022 when he reportedly refused to take a pay cut to extend his deal.
But at least one Arsenal supporter took a more empathetic approach towards the former Gunner, saying they 'honestly felt so bad for him'. They then went on to list some of the struggles Aubameyang has faced in recent years, including contracting Malaria, his mother almost dying and a house burglary in Barcelona.
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Aubameyang replied to the Instagram post in cryptic fashion, commenting: “You know sometimes people forget what’s the real life and forget about how you can’t control [what’s happened].”
The 33-year-old was considered a major coup for Arsenal when he joined the club from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018. He went on to score 92 times in 163 appearances for the north Londoners, helping the club win the 2020 FA Cup final against Chelsea under Mikel Arteta.
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Disciplinary issues arose the following season, however, resulting in Arteta stripping the striker of the captaincy. Aubameyang remained with the club until early 2022 when his contract was terminated in order to force through a move to the Camp Nou.
"I would never boo an ex player, it’s totally uncalled for," insisted one loyal admirer, who refused to look down on Aubameyang despite any 'misdeeds'. "I was bitter when he joined Chelsea. . .it’s football, we don’t see behind the scenes. Did well for us," added another.
While some supporters agreed the forward deserved a break, others were too quick to remember his darker moments in north London. "What is he on about? He joined Chelsea and thought he was bigger than anyone at the club before that," railed one unforgiving fan. "Got binned by Arteta for his attitude. He made his bed."
The return to London has been a torrid one for the veteran thus far, resulting in a dismal return of three goals in 21 appearances for the Blues.
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