Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is unavailable for Arsenal’s Premier League game at Leeds on Saturday, states manager Mikel Arteta.
Arteta stripped Aubameyang of the Arsenal captaincy after a disciplinary violation and has also decided to make the striker train separately from the rest of the first-team squad.
Aubameyang has been dismissed for the previous two games and Arteta was not able to elucidate on when he may return and, although the Arsenal boss was able to vouch that the striker would be sitting out Saturday’s tour to Leeds – he otherwise remained unresponsive on the situation.
“No he’s not available for selection,” stated Arteta, who bopped away questions on Aubameyang’s future.
Questioned how he had coped with the result of taking the armband from Aubameyang, Arteta stated: “Every time that you are sitting here, you have some challenges.”
“You have some brilliant moments and some moments when you have to make decisions.”
“I am sitting here to try to make the right decisions every day. My only intention is that – to get the club in the best possible condition, to defend our players and get the best possible results on the pitch that we can.”
“It’s been challenging because those decisions are tough and not pleasant, but you have to do what you feel is right.”