Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is not available for Arsenal’s Premier League match in Leeds on Saturday, says manager Mikel Arteta.
Aubameyang, who was stripped of the Arsenal captaincy after a disciplinary offense, has been eliminated for the previous two games and Arteta has been unable to shed any light on when he might return.
Arsenal manager was able to confirm Gabon forward would miss Saturday’s trip to Leeds – live Sky Sport Premier League – but otherwise he remained speechless on the situation.
“No, he is not available for selection,” said Arteta, who rejected questions about Aubameyang’s future.
Asked how he coped with relapse taking Aubameyang’s armband, Arteta said, “Whenever you sit here, you have challenges.
“You have some bright moments and some moments where you have to make decisions.
“I sit here trying to make the right decisions every day. My only intention is to bring the club in the best possible condition, defend our players and get the best possible results on the pitch.
“It was challenging because those decisions are difficult and not pleasant, but you have to do what you feel is right.”
“A difficult return for Auba now” – Smith
Sky Sports expert Alan Smith …
Seems like a tough road for Aubameyang at Arsenal.
When you do what you do to the captain of the club, and look inside from the outside, Arteta rightly did it.
You wonder what Aubameyang’s mood will be now. He didn’t look great in the first place when it comes to his confidence on the pitch.
I still think he has about 18 months left on his contract and I’m sure Arteta would like to sell it at this point, but it will be virtually impossible for someone with £ 350,000 a week to go on unless they do what they did with Mesut Ozil and him. they gave a lot of money and should have accepted less money elsewhere.
It is a problem and a problem that Arteta did not need, but now it is a great challenge for Arsenal to rebuild their attack and it will depend on a very intelligent and inspired recruitment.
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