Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta revealed that striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will not be available for their Premier League game against Leeds. This will be the third consecutive game that Aubameyang will miss after he was stripped of the captaincy following a disciplinary breach. Arteta remained tight-lipped about the situation and was unwilling to put a time frame on the Gabonese striker’s return.
“No he’s not available for selection,” Mikel Arteta said about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. “Every time that you are sitting here, you have some challenges. You have some brilliant moments and some moments when you have to make decisions. I am sitting here to try to make the right decisions every day. My only intention is that – to get the club in the best possible condition, to defend our players, and get the best possible results on the pitch that we can. It’s been challenging because those decisions are tough and not pleasant, but you have to do what you feel is right.”
“It looks a difficult road back for Aubameyang at Arsenal. When you do what you do to the captain of the club, and from the outside looking in, quite rightly Arteta has done it.” Arsenal legend Alan Smith said. “You wonder what Aubameyang’s state of mind will be now. It didn’t seem great in the first place in terms of his confidence out on the pitch. I still think he’s got about 18 months left on his deal and I’m sure at this point Arteta would like to sell him, but somebody on £350,000-a-week is going to be virtually impossible to move on.”