Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has bitten back at Toni Kroos after the Real Madrid midfielder criticised his choice of celebration.
The Germany international recently insisted Aubameyang was not a good role model because he donned a mask – inspired by the film Black Panther – after he scored against Rennes in the Europa League back in March 2019.
Aubameyang has previous in this department and pulled out a number of different masks to celebrate goals during his time at Borussia Dortmund.
Kroos, speaking on the Einfach mal Luppen podcast via Sport Bild, made the comment: “Aubameyang once celebrated and took out a mask. That’s where it ends with me.
“I don’t think that’s a good role model either. What nonsense””
While initially reluctant to respond to Kroos, Aubameyang did take aim at the World Cup winner by questioning whether he had children.
The Arsenal captain quoted a picture of himself on Twitter. On it was the image drawn by a school pupil asking to create an image based on happiness.
Directing the comment at the German, Aubameyang said: “By the way. Does this @ToniKroos have Kids? Just to remember i did it for my son few times and I will do it again.
“I wish you have Kids one day and make them happy like this Junior School pupils. Talk and don’t Forget #maskon #staysafe.”
Aubameyang unable to play in favourite position
Mikel Arteta’s decision not to play Aubameyang centrally has been backed by Julien Laurens, despite the striker uncharacteristically struggling for goals this season.
The international break came at just the right time for Arsenal after suffering three league defeats from four in the run-up.
Arteta has instilled a greater solidity in the Gunners’ backline, though this appears to have been at the expense of their attacking play.
Many argue he is best suited when positioned at the spearhead of the attack. However, Laurens has moved to explain why this is simply no longer a viable option.
“I think it’s just finding a way of getting him more involved in the box,” Laurens told ESPN FC.
“If you look at stats of expected goals, touches in the opposition box, shots of course.
“When you don’t shoot you can’t score, regardless of your expected goals.
“If he’s not in the position to shoot, if he doesn’t have the ball in the box, he can’t score.
“Right now he cannot play centrally because he would have to chase the ball and press all the time.”
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