Borussia Dortmund’s sporting director, Michael Zorc, has hit out at Arsene Wenger after he adjudged the Frenchman’s latest comments about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to be stoking a transfer link with Arsenal.
Wenger was twice asked about the Gabon international during his pre-Crystal Palace press conference. Initially, he played down a link with the striker (“I have nothing to add to that”) before tackling a question about whether the player’s character would fit at Arsenal.
While more forthcoming on this angle, he didn’t actually reference the player, instead saying: “Character can be a very positive note and a very negative note. I believe overall, you look at the achievement of the player over his career and usually when the career has been very positive, the character has been used in a positive way. ”
It would appear that Zorc has been served a slightly twisted version of Wenger’s comments because his retort seems somewhat over the top.
In a stance that fits with a policy of playing hardball over the transfer of their star player, he said: “We think it’s disrespectful to talk like this about other players. There is no contact with Arsenal.
“We assume that Mr Wenger has enough to do with the performance of his own players.”
Interestingly, Aubameyang has been left out of Dortmund’s squad for their game this weekend.
Aubameyang is unexpectedly not with the Dortmund squad travelling to Berlin for tomorrow's game. https://t.co/dLionJTCNA
— Lewis (@LGAmbrose) January 18, 2018
Explaining the absence, Zorc said: “Aubameyang trains in Dortmund. We have the impression his mind is occupied with other things so it begs the question whether he can help us in Berlin (on Friday).”