Arsenal manager has revealed the reason for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s absence from the starting line up for the North London Derby against Tottenham.
Despite a fully fit squad available for Mikel Arteta to choose from the Gunners captain was surprisingly left out for the game against Spurs.
He was replaced in the team by Alexandre Lacazette, with Arteta going confirming before kick off that the decision had been made due to diciplinary reasons.
“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.
However, Arteta refused to go into more detail regarding Aubameyang ‘s absence.
“No, we obviously keep that internal,” he added. “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 Aubameyang 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 a statement Arsenal have now backed up their manager’s pre-match words claiming that the Gabonese striker was out for non-footballing reasons.
A club statement confirmed that he had missed the game as a result of a “breach of pre-match protocol.”
Reports from the Athletic seem to suggest the nature of this breach was Aubameyang’s late arrival to meet up with the first-team ahead of the North London Derby.