Amazon Prime Video Sport host Laura Woods responded with a jibe at Chelsea striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after the ex-Arsenal captain’s stray shot hit the presenter during his side’s warm-up ahead of the Blues’ match with Bournemouth. The Gabon striker, who began his side’s first Premier League game back after the World Cup break on the bench, was wayward with one among his attempts before kick-off.
Woods was previewing the sport on Tuesday alongside Joe Cole and Tony Pulis, when the ex-Chelsea man spotted a ball heading their way before it hit Woods. The ball bobbled away after hitting the host, as each pundits praised her for her touch, despite being unaware the ball was heading in her direction.
“Good touch Laura,” Pulis said, and Cole echoed his sentiments: “Decent touch Laura,” which prompted thanks from the Amazon, talkSPORT and ITV presenter. “Excellent touch, thanks,” she said.
After the segment was finished and before cutting to an advert, Woods revealed that it was Aubameyang whose effort went wayward and hit her on the sideline, before the Arsenal fan made a jibe at the previous Gunners captain. “That was Aubameyang by the way in which,” Woods said. “He must know an Arsenal fan, aye?”
Aubameyang spent slightly below 4 years on the Emirates, where he was made club captain before being ousted by Mikel Arteta as he was stripped of the armband after which let go to Barcelona because the Spanish boss was unimpressed by the striker’s professionalism. He spent just six months in Spain nonetheless, despite a productive spell, as he returned to London with Chelsea to reunite along with his ex-Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel.
Nevertheless their time together was short-lived, as Aubameyang made only one appearance under the German before he was sacked and replaced by Graham Potter. He has didn’t return to his best spell within the Premier League, when he was thriving at Arsenal before Arteta solid him aside.
Aubameyang has previously suggested that he was harshly treated by the person that now sits top of the table, and has made several jibes which have not endeared himself to the Arsenal faithful, including Woods. She has made no secret of her love for the Gunners, and previously clashed with Piers Morgan over Arteta’s treatment of Aubameyang.
In a passionate back-and-forth, Morgan felt that Arsenal were mistaken to cancel their ex-captain’s contract and permit him to depart without spending a dime. “This was a goal machine who’s now breaking records at Barcelona so I do not agree that we were right to offer him away,” Morgan said on talkSPORT. “We must always have kept him and managed him, but we have done that and now we have to seek out an awesome striker.”
Woods responded: “But don’t you’re thinking that that once we did give him away he wasn’t scoring goals and that wasn’t only for a small time period. The season he left us he only scored three,” she said before being interrupted by the broadcaster.