Borussia Dortmund chief sends parting shot to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been accused of not trying for Borussia Dortmund as he forced a move to Arsenal.

Forward Aubameyang completed a £56m switch from the Bundesliga to the Gunners on deadline day after a month long pursuit.

The Gabon ace was suspended by the German side last season for breaking rules by travelling to Milan before handing him another internal ban for missing a meeting in January.

But Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has hit out at Aubameyang for downing tools to force his way out of Dortmund, in a similar way Ousmane Dembele did to get his transfer to Barcelona in the summer.

Aubameyang apologised for his behaviour in an Instagram post, where he wrote: "First of all sorry for everything that happened over the last month."

But Watzke has insisted he won’t stand for players effectively going on strike at his club.

He told FAZ: "On Thursday, I laid it on the line for the squad — the next player who does something like that will fail miserably.

"He’ll run into major problems. The next player who tries to put us under pressure by withholding performances or even going on strike will not get a pass and will instead sit in the stands.

"They are all aware of it. This is now a public statement. Following Dembele and Aubameyang, there is now an overriding interest for the club — we need to get a better structure into our squad again.

"Aubameyang committed himself to us for this season, especially as a reaction to Dembele’s transfer.

"But he also had the notion that we owed to him because in 2016 he opted for us and decided against very lucrative offers amid the exits of [Mats] Hummels, [Ilkay] Gundogan and [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan."

Watzke has also revealed the reason why he allowed the former AC Milan man to leave for north London.

He added: "Because we had the impression there will be no new start for him in the Ruckrunde [second half of the season]. Not with the fans, not with the team. Too much had been damaged through his behaviour.’

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