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Arteta speaks out on Aubameyang’s alleged Covid-19 protocol breach

Mikel Arteta has warned Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang “there will be consequences” if he is found to have breached coronavirus regulations.

Arsenal captain Aubemeyang was filmed with a new tattoo and posing alongside Spanish artist Alejandro Nicolas Bernal last week.

Under current Covid-19 measures, mobile and static tattoo parlours must remain closed, raising questions of whether the striker broke regulations.

But it is unclear whether Bernal is a member of Aubameyang’s household or when the footage was taken.

The Gunners have launched an investigation into the incident, while Aubameyang has travelled to Rome to face Benfica in the Europa League round of 32 on Thursday.

Arteta says he will deal with Aubameyang internally if he is found to have breached regulations

In his pre-match press conference, Arsenal boss Arteta told reporters: “Whatever we do with our players we keep it internally.

“It is true that there are a lot of members of our squad that have extended families at home and if any player does something that is not in the regulation obviously the club acts immediately – but always privately as well.

The Gunners skipper was seen posing with tattoo artist Bernal
The Gunners skipper was seen posing with tattoo artist Bernal

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“We try to advise every player and make sure they know all the rules and that we stick to those rules all the time and if someone doesn’t do it obliviously we have to act immediately.

“I cannot tell you who every player lives with be we do [know] and when somebody does anything that shouldn’t be doing, obviously it is going to be found out by us and there will be consequences and, if not, there won’t be.”

Aubameyang scored a hat-trick in Arsenal’s 4-2 win over Leeds on Sunday to take his tally for the season to eight goals in the Premier League and 11 in all competitions.

The Gabonese was rested for most of the Gunners’ Europa League Group B matches, making just one appearance, but is sure to play a prominent role in the knockout rounds.

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