Arteta DROPS Aubameyang for Saints clash after 'disciplinary breach'

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is DROPPED by Mikel Arteta for Southampton clash due to a ‘disciplinary breach’ as cracks begin to show between Arsenal boss and the off-form captain

  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is having a nightmare season with Arsenal 
  • The forward hasn’t scored since October, with only four goals in 14 this term 
  • Aubameyang has been ruled out for the Southampton game due to discipline
  • Mikel Arteta has taken action against his captain before, and tensions are high  

Mikel Arteta has revealed that Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will sit out of Saturday’s clash with Southampton after another disciplinary issue. 

The Gunners skipper is without a goal in six Premier League games and talk of a rift between captain and manager has linked the striker with an imminent exit.

‘Unfortunately due to a disciplinary breach,’ Arteta said, explaining Aubameyang’s absence on the Emirates team-sheet. 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang won’t feature in Arsenal’s clash with Southampton on Saturday 

Tensions appear to be rising between manager and captain, after another disciplinary issue 

‘I think we have been very consistent that we have certain non-negotiables in the team that we have set ourselves as a club, and he’s not involved today.’  

The skipper was benched at Goodison Park on Monday and only saw five minutes of action after replacing Alexandre Lacazette in a late substitution. 

Eddie Nketiah, 22, even came on six minutes earlier than the Gabon international, who duly missed a huge late chance to level.   

In the match at Old Trafford day earlier, Aubameyang was taken off for his French pal Lacazette with 11 minutes to play as Arteta looked elsewhere in the Gunners’ late hunt for an equaliser.   

The striker missed a superb chance in the final minute against Everton with Arsenal 2-1 down

The Gabon centre-forward was disappointing against Man United too and was substituted 

Aubameyang has a history of misdemeanours at Arsenal, even since donning the armband. He was even benched and fined after showing up late for the north London derby earlier this season.   

Arteta is determined to fix Arsenal’s culture of failure that has seen them slide from the Champions League qualification race to mid-table since Arsene Wenger left, but the captain hasn’t quite got the message yet. 

‘I think there’ll be a problem with Aubameyang after this,’ Gary Neville said after the striker was benched against Everton. 

Arteta is determined to run a tight ship at the Emirates and Aubameyang hasn’t towed the line

‘I don’t think he’ll like the idea of Nketiah coming on or being subbed full stop. There is a little bit of a bug between Auba and Arteta. 

‘It could turn a little sour. There’s always a little bit of a bug between Arteta and Auba, I know he’s the captain but he leaves him out and it feels like something a bit awkward. 

‘It’s going to cause a problem and I bet if he could get a bit of money for him and get someone else they would, and I bet if Auba could he’d move on as well.’

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