The Spaniard is only happy to have a better group at the Emirates than when Aubameyang was club captain.
Aubameyang claimed the Arsenal boss can’t handle ‘big characters’ in the dressing room, but Arteta believes he now has a better group of players than ever before.
The former Arsenal captain left the Emirates in acrimonious circumstances in February after he was stripped of the captaincy and his contract terminated following a falling out with Arteta.
He will join Barcelona from LaLiga, where he spent seven months before returning to the Premier League with Arsenal’s rivals Chelsea.
In a video, after his departure from the Emirates, the former Gabon International criticized his former boss’s management style and claimed that he cannot handle big names like him.
“To handle big characters or big players, he (Arteta) can’t deal with it,” Aubameyang said in an interview with A Jewelers.
“He (Arteta) needs some young players, they don’t say anything, they listen.”
Arteta reacts to Aubameyang’s comments
However, Arteta has now reacted to those comments made by his former captain after the video resurfaced.
Speaking on the subject ahead of their Europa League clash against Norwegian side Bodo/Glimt, the Arsenal manager said Aubameyang can say what he wants as he now has a better group than ever at the club.
“People are free to discuss what they want,” he told reporters in Norway. according to RTE.
“I have never been in a better dressing room (than this season), more fun, more hard work, a better relationship between staff and players and it is an absolute pleasure as a manager to be part of this group.”
Arteta’s Arsenal currently lead the Premier League after nine matches and will go into Thursday’s game in Norway looking to consolidate their position at the top of Group A.