Mikel Arteta has revealed he sought a’resolution’ to his feud with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who joined Barcelona from Arsenal in the January transfer window.

Arteta stripped Aubameyang of the club captaincy a few weeks before his departure, and the attacker intimated during his presentation at Barça that his tense relationship with the Gunners coach was the reason he departed north London.

He said: “[It was] a difficult few months. I’ve never wanted to do anything wrong, it’s in the past.”

Asked if the problem was just with Arteta, he added: “Yeah, I think it was just with him. I can’t say much, he wasn’t happy, I stayed calm and that’s it.”

Arteta has subsequently retaliated against Aubameyang, saying that he was not the source of the conflict.

“I’m extremely grateful for what Aubameyang has done at the club and his contribution since I have been here and the way I see myself in that relationship is the solution, not the problem,” he said.

“I have been the solution. One hundred per cent. I can look in the eye of everyone. I do a lot of things wrong for sure but the intention all the time is the best and not for me, it’s for the club and the team.”

Arteta was commenting ahead of his side’s Thursday night trip to Wolves. Arsenal are in desperate need of a victory as they attempt to cut the gap on the Premier League’s top four.