Laura Woods hit by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang warm-up shot sparking playful Arsenal joke


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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 of his attempts before kick-off.

Woods was previewing the game 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 both 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, thank you,” 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 former Gunners captain. “That was Aubameyang by the way,” Woods said. “He must know an Arsenal fan, aye?”

Aubameyang spent just under four years at the Emirates, where he was made club captain before being ousted by Mikel Arteta as he was stripped of the armband and then let go to Barcelona as the Spanish boss was unimpressed by the striker’s professionalism. He spent just six months in Spain however, despite a productive spell, as he returned to London with Chelsea to reunite with his ex-Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel.

However their time together was short-lived, as Aubameyang made just one appearance under the German before he was sacked and replaced by Graham Potter. He has failed to return to his most productive spell in the Premier League, when he was thriving at Arsenal before Arteta cast him aside.


Aubameyang has previously suggested that he was harshly treated by the man that now sits top of the table, and has made several jibes that 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 wrong to cancel their ex-captain’s contract and allow him to leave for free. “This was a goal machine who is now breaking records at Barcelona so I don’t agree that we were right to give him away,” Morgan said on talkSPORT. “We should have kept him and managed him, but we’ve done that and now we’ve got to find a great striker.”

Woods responded: “But don’t you think that when we did give him away he wasn’t scoring goals and that wasn’t just for a small period of time. The season he left us he only scored three,” she said before being interrupted by the broadcaster.



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