Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has claimed that Arsene Wenger “lack respect” after the Arsenal manager spoke admiringly about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Gabon International has been linked with a move to Arsenal in recent weeks, and has seemingly been at odds with the club as he missed another game in Dortmund’s goalless draw against Wolfsburg after failing to attend a team meeting.
Wenger, when asked about the Gabon international’s character, said: “Yes, a character can be very positive or very negative. Overall you look at achievement over career and if he has done well the character has been used in a positive way.”
However, Zorc appeared unimpressed by the Frenchman’s comments and immediately responded: “We think it is a lack of respect when you get involved with players who are playing for another team.”
“There is no contact with Arsenal. We can only assume that Arsene Wenger has enough to think about when it comes to the performances of his own players.”
Aubameyang, who has been suspended by Dortmund three times in little more than a year, has also been left out of Friday’s game against Hertha Berlin with Zorg suggesting that the striker is not in the right frame of mind.
“He’s in Dortmund training,” Zorg added. “We feel that he’s not 100 per cent with it mentally at the moment. So it became a question of whether or not he could help us in Berlin. It’s a difficult situation.”
Hertha would be relieved to see the forward miss the game as they battle to stay in sight of the European spots; with the Berliners 11th on 24 points, victory over Dortmund could move them into the top seven.
“I would not mind if he transferred before the game,” joked Hertha’s Salomon Kalou. “That would be better for us. He is an outstanding striker so it would be really hard to play against him.”