Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has made his first comments after being dropped for Arsenal’s north London derby win over Tottenham Hotspur.
The Gunners captain was a surprise omission from the starting XI on Sunday afternoon, with manager Mikel Arteta admitting that the 31-year-old was in line to start.
And speaking to Sky Sports when explaining his team selection against Spurs, Arteta confirmed the decision was disciplinary-related but refused to go into more detail regarding Aubameyang’s absence.
“He was going to start the game. We had a disciplinary issue, we have drawn the line and we move on, he’s on the bench,” Arteta told Sky Sports. “No, we obviously keep that internal. We have a process we have to respect for every game and that’s it.
“It’s a decision made after evaluating everything about what Auba has done and that’s it.
“We have other players and we’ve had to change the team recently quite a lot and we have players that are willing to play and deserve the chance, so I am confident with that.”
In the end, Arteta’s decision to take such a stance paid off and without his leading scorer, his side came from behind to seal a 2-1 win thanks to goals from Martin Odegaard and Alexandre Lacazette.
With that said, all appears well with the Gunners captain as he has shown his support for his teammates in the aftermath of the north London derby victory.
Taking to social media after the game, Aubameyang broke his silence with a seven-word message that Arsenal fans will agree with.
“North London is Red and that’s it!!!,” he wrote on Instagram.
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All eyes will now be on Thursday’s Europa League last-16 second-leg clash with Olympiacos and whether Aubameyang will be recalled or is left out again.
Speaking in his post-match press conference, Arteta did suggest that he is ready to move on from the minor indiscretion.
“I made what I thought was the right decision,” he said. “We draw a line there. Let’s move on again. We know how important Auba is for the club. It’s been dealt with and let’s move on.”