Lacazette admits he "didn’t like" Aubameyang before Arsenal arrival

Alexandre Lacazette has admitted he did not like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang when he moved to Arsenal in January 2018.

At the time, the Gunners were struggling for goals despite signing Lacazette earlier that season in the summer from Lyon for a fee of £46.5million – at the time a club-record fee. But despite scoring 14 times in his first Premier League campaign, then-manager Arsene Wenger wanted more.

When it became apparent that Aubameyang was on the market at Borussia Dortmund, an unusual triple-way transfer went ahead when Chelsea loaned the German club Michy Batshuayi. The Blues would go on to prise Olivier Giroud away from the Emirates, allowing them to snap up the Gabon international.

And in a revealing interview with Canal+ in France, Lacazette has opened up on his relationship with his fellow striker. He said: "I had some misconceptions about him. Before he arrived, I didn’t like him.

"To be honest, I’m not mates with the Aubemayang you see on Instagram. I’m mates with Pierre-Emerick. People don’t know Pierre-Emerick. They know Aubameyang."

Aubameyang left Arsenal in January after four years at the club where he scored 92 times in 163 appearances for the Gunners. But after falling out with Mikel Arteta, the club scrapped his contract which allowed him to join Barcelona on a free transfer.

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And the 32-year-old has hit the ground running at the Nou Camp, where he has scored 10 in 15 appearances – including eight in nine La Liga matches. Arsenal, meanwhile, have seen their form fall as they chase a top-four spot with goals drying up.

Lacazette has scored just four in all competitions this campaign while his contract is up at the end of the season. And it appears that the Frenchman has already made his mind up over a departure this summer after admitting he remains in close contact with Lyon.

He added: "I’m in discussion with a lot of clubs, I’m open. I never cut contact with Lyon since I left. I try to go back to the club once or twice a year to see the medical staff because we’re really close. So yes, now Lyon know that I’m free, they’ve come by the information."

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