I wasn’t happy with everything that was happening

TOPSHOT – Marseille’s French-Gabonese forward #10 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (L) scissor kicks the ball and scores a goal during the UEFA Europa League Group B football match between Olympique de Marseille and Ajax Amsterdam at the Velodrome Stadium in Marseille, southeastern France, on November 30, 2023. (Photo by NICOLAS TUCAT/AFP via Getty Images)

Two days after his hat-trick against Ajax in the Europa League, former Arsenal striker and captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reflected on his initial struggles at the club.

Aubameyang, who had previously scored only one goal in Ligue 1 and faced criticism from supporters, notably in a league match against Lille, found form by scoring three crucial goals in a 4-3 victory over Ajax.

Marseille fans losing patience with Aubameyang

Addressing his performance, Aubameyang expressed contentment, saying, “When we score goals, we are happy. I didn’t come here to do I don’t know what. When things go badly, I’m the first to not feel good otherwise I wouldn’t be not there. I would have stopped playing football (smile).”

Aubameyang also addressed the criticism and the whistles he heard from the Vélodrome crowd.

He clarified his goal celebration, which involved a closed face and a sombre look, asking, “What makes you think that it is a distrust and not simply a personal discontent?”

Marseille's French-Gabonese forward #10 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (L) reacts after scoring a penalty kick for his team's first goal during the UEFA Europa League Group B football match between Olympique de Marseille and Ajax Amsterdam at the Velodrome Stadium in Marseille, southeastern France, on November 30, 2023. (Photo by NICOLAS TUCAT/AFP via Getty Images)
Marseille’s French-Gabonese forward #10 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (L) reacts after scoring a penalty kick for his team’s first goal during the UEFA Europa League Group B football match between Olympique de Marseille and Ajax Amsterdam at the Velodrome Stadium in Marseille, southeastern France, on November 30, 2023. (Photo by NICOLAS TUCAT/AFP via Getty Images)

He explained his reaction by stating, “I wasn’t happy with everything that was happening. There’s everything. I’m touched by it all. It’s not a sign of distrust. We had to remain humble. Not having the start to the season that I wanted. I was a little upset. The supporters are there to encourage us, why challenge them?”

Aubameyang concluded on a positive note, showing confidence in his abilities and future performance: “I know it will come. I’m not worrying too much.”

The 34-year-old has now scored five goals in four Europa League games (along with two in two Champions League qualification goals) but still has a solitary goal in 12 Ligue 1 appearances.

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