They always left big marks at Borussia Dortmund. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ousmane Dembélé won the DFB Cup together in 2017, and in the same season Gabon became the top scorer in the Bundesliga. The inglorious chapters of the two ex-BVB stars were to follow. This winter there are again great parallels between the two stinky boots.
Apart from all the disciplinary misconduct that Aubameyang recently made at Arsenal, the first look is at his health. After his corona infection during the Africa Cup of Nations, the Gabonese developed heart problems. The 32-year-old is currently in London to undergo further medical examinations.
The question is whether the center forward will ever return to the pitch for the Gunners. Fortunately not because of health risks (as with Sergio Agüero), but because of his sporting dispensability.
The “King of the Suspended” lives up to his name
In addition, there are negative headlines from the “King of the Suspended” at regular intervals, as he recently wrote in a “goal.comAfter a late return from home leave, Arsenal’s team manager Mikel Arteta not only withdrew the captain’s armband from his protégé, he also removed him from the squad altogether. He hasn’t played a competitive game since mid-December.
A winter change from Aubameyang has long been in the offing – like four years ago when he turned his back on BVB in January. The signs are very similar.
The Gabonese had already been suspended twice in Dortmund and was pardoned a little later. Through further disciplinary escapades and training strikes, he forced the transfer to the Premier League. There, his behavior also caused a shake of the head several times, now a line should be drawn.
Strike and change of winter: The parallels at Aubameyang and Dembélé
As “CBS Sports” reports, the Gunners have received an offer from the Saudi club Al Nassr. The disgraced Gabonese is set to remain on loan until the end of the season, after which the Saudi Premier League third-placed has an option to buy.
Farewell to strike from Dortmund and approaching change of winter: Both apply to Ousmane Dembélé to the full extent. The Frenchman still owes his 140 million euro transfer fee at FC Barcelona.
Instead, the 2018 world champion causes capers off the field. Delays in training, ignoring the Corona measures, skipping club appointments – over the past few years, Dembélé has provoked a lot of headaches for those responsible in Catalonia.
Xavi gives Dembélé an ultimatum
That’s how it was in the BVB days, when the winger went on strike after just one year out of his contract. The fact that Dembélé fled head over heels from Dortmund and left a completely devastated house underlined the overall impression.
Now the negotiations for a new contract, which have been going on for five months, are causing trouble. “We can’t wait any longer,” said Barca coach Xavi recently: “Either he extends or we have to find a way to sell him.”
Even a contract termination is in the room to save the salary of the 24-year-old. It would be the next inglorious chapter in the long scandal file of the former hope.