Arsenal didn’t even want captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the north London derby in spite of everything.
Mikel Arteta named Aubameyang on the bench for the go to of Spurs earlier than revealing that it was for ‘disciplinary causes’.
It later emerged that the striker had turned up late for the match and was subsequently dropped. It wasn’t his first offence, both.
The Athletic report that “earlier this season he was disciplined for lacking a COVID-19 check earlier than a European journey whereas in February he was ‘reminded of his obligations’ by the membership for breaching COVID-19 rules to get a tattoo.”
“He was going to begin the sport. We had a disciplinary subject. We’ve drawn the road and we transfer on – he’s on the bench,” Arteta instructed Sky Sports activities earlier than the sport.
“Clearly we hold that inside. We’ve a course of that we now have to respect for each recreation.
“It is a determination made after evaluating all the pieces, and who Auba is and what’s he accomplished and that’s it.”
Aubameyang was an unused substitute and he watched his aspect triumph 2-1 due to targets from Martin Odegaard and an Alexandre Lacazette penalty.
Photographs earlier than the match present Aubameyang’s holographic chrome-wrapped Ferrari caught in visitors in Muswell Hill earlier than the sport.
He was then instructed he would begin on the bench after his late arrival to the stadium.
Through the match, he was despatched out to warm-up greater than as soon as however was by no means launched. On the ultimate whistle, he headed straight down the tunnel whereas the remainder of the participant celebrated their victory.
Then, in keeping with The Athletic, he left the stadium whereas lots of his different teammates have been finishing their warm-down on the pitch.
The report says: “As Mikel Arteta and Jose Mourinho performed their post-match interviews, dissecting Arsenal’s 2-1 derby win, the sound of a Ferrari engine echoed across the Emirates Stadium area. It was 6.46pm, simply 23 minutes after the full-time whistle had blown to substantiate Arsenal’s victory. Final one in, however first one out, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was leaving.”
Additionally they add that it’s “unclear” whether or not Aubameyang had been granted permission to go away or whether or not he was conscious.
Both method, Arteta shall be hoping to maneuver on from this incident as quickly as attainable and have Aubameyang again in his beginning line-up.