Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returned to the Premier League after joining Chelsea from Barcelona for £10.3million on transfer deadline day, September 1, 2022.
The 33-year-old Gabonese striker will not feature for the Blues, probably, for a couple of weeks after being a victim of a burglary at his residence in Barcelona. Auba sustained a broken jaw during the horrifying incident.
It has not been confirmed when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will make his debut for Chelsea but it is envisaged that he should be available for a dramatic reunion against former Premier League club Arsenal in a match scheduled on the 5th of November, 2022.
Meanwhile, there have been controversies surrounding the 33-year-old tattoo. The Gabonese International striker has a permanent tattoo of himself drawn during his time with the Gunners on his right arm.
The tattoo depicted him walking down the tunnel at Emirates Stadium holding his two children Curtis and Pierre, who are spotted wearing Aubameyang No.14 Arsenal jerseys.
Some Chelsea fans, before the upcoming match between Arsenal and Chelsea on November 5, 2022, have shown their resentment at his tattoo, stating it as a reason why Chelsea shouldn’t have made the move to bring Aubameyang who has a tattoo of Chelsea’s great rivals Arsenal.
Some have criticized him for not being a good example like former Arsenal players Fabregas and Giroud who portrayed themselves in good manners while playing for Chelsea and won trophies for the Blues without Arsenal tattoos.
However, if Aubameyang can compose himself to accomplish a fraction of his predecessors’ success, then his tattoo will be overlooked and won’t be seen as a problem. But the 33-year-old Gabonese striker has been guilty of several cases of misconduct and lack of discipline in his former clubs. Hence, his composure at Stamford Bridge is in question.
Emerick Aubameyang’s record of misconduct.
The Gabonese striker was once ostracised by Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and was removed as the club captain over an act of indiscipline.
Aubameyang was previously dropped out from the starting lineup last season, March 2021, and missed a derby match against Tottenham after he committed a “breach of pre-match protocol,” as pronounced by the club.
Chelsea’s new forward was again dropped by Arteta in Premier League matches with Southampton (Dec. 11); West Ham (Dec. 15); Leeds United (Dec. 18), until the last day of the January transfer window when Arsenal ripped off his contract so he could join Barcelona on a free transfer on February 2, 2022.
Before his transfer to Arsenal in 2018, Aubameyang was suspended and fined by Borrusia Dortmund for missing a crucial team meeting after training.
The 33-year-old Chelsea forward was also reportedly suspended in November 2016 after embarking on a trip to Milan without approval from former Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel.
It’s an amazement that Thomas Tuchel fought hard to be reunited with such a disobedient player. Perhaps, Chelsea’s boss sees Auba as the best option who would emulate Drogba’s playing style for the Blues due to his vigor power, and goal intellect.
Barcelona was able to pick all three points in a 1-0 La Liga victory against a stubborn Real Sociedad at Reale Arena on Thursday, April 22, 2022, thanks to Aubameyang’s heroic performance as his 11th-minute goal gave the Catalans a win after a tough struggle against Real Sociedad.
Aside from Auba’s winning goal in the match against Real Sociedad, his extraordinary strength was seen as Auba was the only one who made it to the full 90 minutes after Barca’s Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Dani Alves, and Ronald Araujo all picked up injuries.
This kind of strength is what Chelsea need to rejuvenate their inconsistent forwards.
Auba playing along with Tuchel’s new front choice of Mason Mount, Raheem Sterling, and Kai Havertz will no doubt give rise to new dawn at Chelsea as his experience, firepower, goal technique, and versatility will solidify the Blues’ front line.
Hence, aggrieved Chelsea fans should swerve their attention away from Auba’s tattoo and focus on his prowess.