Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta revealed that captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was left out of the squad for the Southampton game because of a disciplinary breach. Arteta refused to go into details about a trip abroad that the striker had dispersed for. The manager only gave a nod when asked whether Aubameyang would be back to face West Ham on Wednesday.
“Unfortunately due to a disciplinary breach.” Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said when asked about the absence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. “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. It’s not an easy situation and not a situation we want to have our club captain in. You’re not going to get anything else from me. Unfortunately, it happened. I explained what happened and the reason he wasn’t involved and that’s where I’m going to stay on it.”
“I think there will be a problem with Aubameyang off the back of this game,” Gary Neville said after Arsenal’s defeat at Everton. “I don’t think he’ll like the idea of Eddie Nketiah coming on before him. I don’t think he’ll like the idea of being a substitute, full stop. There’s always that little bit of a bug there between Arteta and Aubameyang. I know he’s the captain but he leaves him out and it just feels like something that’s a little bit awkward, and it’s going to cause a problem.”