Chelsea have confirmed that former Arsenal striker Pierre Emerick Aubameyang was in Italy during Chelsea’s match against Fulham last week.
Aubameyang: The striker is thought to have gone to Milan with his family for a vacation, but he had requested permission from the manager and club officials. Chelsea fans, on the other hand, are unimpressed by the Gabonese’s actions.
“I believe Aubameyang is replaying his errors at Arsenal. It makes no sense for him to travel to Milan with his family for pleasure while Chelsea is struggling to dig themselves out of their current hole. “Potter needs to be stricter because such behavior could escalate into a toxic situation at the club,” said Simon Jordan.
Aubameyang faced a similar situation at Arsenal a year ago when he visited his family in France with permission from the club but did not return in time. At that point, Arteta and the board decided to remove Aubameyang’s captaincy and ban him from first-team duties. Arsenal were struggling in the league at the time, but Aubameyang seemed unconcerned, which irritated the manager.
In my opinion
Chelsea fans now regard Graham Potter as weak for allowing the player to have his way while the club struggles to move up the table. They have stated that if the Manager portrays himself to the players as someone who can be easily manipulated, it will be difficult for him to maintain control of the dressing room. With so many superstars at the club, the manager should be in charge, not the other way around.
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As evidenced by his demeanor, Aubameyang clearly wants to leave Chelsea at the end of the season. What Potter can do now to keep the situation under control is to reassure the player about his position in the squad so that there are no further misunderstandings. The club must also initiate talks with potential suitors in order to close the deal as soon as possible.