Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has spoken on the Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saga that led to his former player being stripped of the captain’s armband at Arsenal.
The forward did not feature for Arsenal over the weekend as they beat Southampton 3-0.
Mikel Arteta revealed before the game that his absence was due to a “disciplinary breach”.
The club revealed on Monday that as a result of his actions, Aubameyang would no longer be Arsenal’s captain moving forward. They also announced that he would not be considered for selection for their midweek game against West Ham.
Before he joined Arsenal in 2018, Aubameyang made a name for himself in Germany with Borussia Dortmund.
Tuchel managed the attacker for two years between 2015 and 2017. As quoted by BBC Sport, the Chelsea boss stated that he “can only say the best things” about Aubameyang:
“I will [contact him] at some point, but also I don’t want to disturb him. He was a very important player for me, and we had a very important relationship together. I can only say the best things about him as a person and a player.
“I am sorry to see him in trouble, because that is not a place he should be considering his qualities and character. But I am not involved in what is going on at the club he is at now, and I am not judging what is right and wrong.”
Chelsea host Everton at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night. Tuchel has confirmed that N’Golo Kante and Trevoh Chalobah will be back in the squad for this clash:
“N’Golo will be back on the bench tomorrow, while Trevoh Chalobah will be back in the squad. But Mateo Kovacic and Ben Chilwell are still out.
Tuchel went onto reveal that Kovacic will be out for “six or seven weeks”:
“Right now, Mateo Kovacic is released back into training the day after tomorrow. He will have been six or seven weeks out. It will take a while for them to be back up to speed.
“I think that Romelu can play around 70 minutes. He did so against Zenit, but then we had a lot of travelling, lack of sleep and a very competitive opponent in Leeds so we kept him out of that maelstrom.”
On Conor Gallagher, he added: “I have said many times we like Conor and we see his goals and contributions. There is no regret about letting him go on loan, it seems like it is the perfect place for him.”
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