Alexandre Lacazette has revealed he ‘didn’t like’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before the striker joined him arsenal in January 2018.
acazette came through the ranks at hometown club Lyon before moving to north London in the summer of 2017, where he met Aubameyang while playing for bitter rivals St Etienne between 2011 and 2013.
While the Gabonese international has a successful record in four of Europe’s five major leagues, Aubameyang is often accused of a lack of discipline.
The striker, who was robbed of the Arsenal captaincy by Mikel Arteta in December, was out of the picture at the Emirates before joining Barcelona on a free transfer in February, where he has since scored an impressive 10 goals in 15 games.
In a candid interview with French broadcaster Canal TV+, Lacazette opened up about his relationship with Aubameyang and admitted he had “misconceptions” about him, despite stressing he is now friends with his former teammate.
“I had some misconceptions about him,” he said.
“Before he came I didn’t like him. To be honest I’m not friends with the Aubemayang you see on Instagram.
“I’m friends with Pierre-Emerick. People don’t know Pierre-Emerick. You know Aubameyang.”
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Arsenal defender William Saliba, meanwhile, believes there is a “chance” he could stay at Marseille beyond the end of the season.
The defender, who is yet to play a senior game for Arsenal despite joining in 2019, has been in good form for the Ligue 1 side this season and has been called up to the France squad.
Saliba, who Arteta recently praised, has started all but one of his side’s 32 league games this season and could still complete the campaign with a silver medal as Marseille prepare for a Europa Conference League semi-final against Feyenoord later this month.
Ben White seems to be enjoying his time with the French giants and has established himself as Arteta’s first choice since joining Gabriel Magalhães from Brighton.
So the idea of returning to north London just to fill a back-up role may not sound ideal for the 21-year-old as he continues to play for one of France’s biggest clubs.
“There’s always a chance,” he said Le Parisien when asked about a stay in Marseille.
“I don’t hide that I’m very happy in Marseille.
“I’ve evolved, I’ve passed a milestone. If I make it into the French squad it will be thanks to Marseille because there is a lot of visibility there.
“They are a very big club with a lot of pressure but when you are good a lot of good things happen to you.
“We will see in May or June depending on the talks. Today, my future, I don’t know.”
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