Potter: Arsenal game not about Aubameyang

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Graham Potter insists Chelsea’s match against London rival Arsenal would not be about Aubameyang.

Chelsea manager Graham Potter has stated that the London derby between the Blues and Arsenal should not be about Aubameyang.

The Gabonese left was disciplined by his former manager Mikel Arteta after he breach the disciplinary rule.

The former Gunners captain then moved to Barcelona before making his transfer to Chelsea this summer.

Speaking ahead of the London derby Potter said: “It’s a big game, a London derby between two good teams.  “Arsenal are doing really well and obviously the history makes it an interesting one for Auba. The past is the past as far as we’re concerned so we’re just looking forward to the game and trying to play well.

“I don’t think we should make it about him. It’s about the team and he’s an important part of the team for us to get the result we want but it takes everybody.

“I understand the headlines are about him because it’s Arsenal and there’s a narrative around that. There’s nothing we can do about that other than to try as a team to play well.

“I think he’s looking forward to the game and he’s excited for it. He’s been pretty normal from what I’ve seen. He’s quite a quiet guy but I’m sure come matchday he’ll be determined.”

Chelsea take on their cross-city rivals coming off the back of a humbling thrashing by Brighton last time out in the Premier League. Potter’s side were routed by his former side 4-1 at the Amex, before returning to winning ways in the Champions League.

With the Blues 10 points adrift of league leaders Arsenal going into this weekend, Potter also pinpointed what was required for Chelsea to close the gap to the league’s best teams in the months ahead.

“There are lots of things in terms of aligning resources in a better way – how we recruit and how we develop the football idea,” he added.

“We probably need some time in that regard because of the changes that we’ve been through and we probably need a bit of stability and a bit of clever recruitment to add to what we have and help the team.”



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