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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang responds to Piers Morgan over criticism of Arsenal fans
The Barcelona star insists leaving north London was best for everyone (Pictures: Getty)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has shut down Piers Morgan’s criticism of his Arsenal exit – and the reaction of ‘gloating’ fans – and insists his move to Barcelona suited all parties.

Minutes before the January transfer deadline, the Gunners agreed to rip up the contract of their then top scorer to allow him to complete a free transfer to Barcelona.

That decision could easily have backfired, particularly with Arsenal having just two senior strikers left at the club and Aubameyang making a blistering start to life at Camp Nou.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang responds to Piers Morgan over criticism of Arsenal fans
Aubameyang has been in superb form since joining Barca (Picture: Getty)

But while the Gabon international may be back among the goals at Barca, Arsenal have also thrived in his absence, winning all five of their matches since he left to cement their top-four credentials.

However, Arsenal fan Morgan continues to maintain that it was a mistake to let Aubameyang leave and hit out at his fellow supporters on Twitter after the 32-year-old striker netted in Barcelona’s 4-0 victory over Osasuna on Sunday evening.

‘Arsenal fans have spent the past two hours gloating about why we’re so much better without Aubameyang and they’re glad he’s gone,’ Morgan wrote after the Gunners beat Leicester.

‘Meanwhile, he just scored his sixth goal in nine goals for Barcelona, which includes five goals in six La Liga games. I miss you Auba.’

But Aubameyang had no interest in being pitted against Arsenal fans and played down Morgan’s criticism, saying his departure has worked out well for everyone involved.

‘Thanks Piers but sometimes everyone benefits from a separation,’ he responded.

‘Most important is that everyone is happy now. And we had good times that I will [not] forget.’

On Monday morning, Morgan replied: ‘Classy response, as I would expect from you, Pierre-Emerick, but for the record: I’m not happy.’

In the absence of Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette – who is out of contract at the end of the season – has stepped up, providing an excellent focal point, and in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Leicester he also netted his first goal of 2022 from the penalty spot.

MORE : Mikel Arteta hails ‘terrific’ Martin Odegaard after Arsenal beat Leicester City

MORE : Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal’s decision to sell Ashley Cole to Chelsea was a ‘mistake’

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