Aubameyang “livid” at Arsenal axe and storming off before warm down

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was left fuming after being axed for the North London derby because of his bad timekeeping.

Gunners top scorer and captain Aubameyang was described at being “livid” after he was left out after reporting up late on Sunday after getting caught in traffic.

Aubameyang did not take part in the post-match warm down on the pitch with his team mates, was the first player to leave the Emirates after the game as he drove off in his sports car after being called out publicly by Mikel Arteta.

Gunners boss Arteta said after the game that he was dropped for disciplinary reasons but did not elaborate further although it is understood that it is not Aubameyang’s first offence of being late on reporting up.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was axed from the Arsenal squad after turning up late

Other Arsenal players believed it was the right course of action because there should not be different rules for star players from the rest of the squad.

Aubameyang looked furious on the bench, was desperate to get on but was overlooked and missed one of Arsenal’s biggest games of the season.

Arteta did have a “spare man” in the squad who did not make the bench in Pablo Mari so could have left Aubameyang out completely but did still name him as a substitute which underlines his message that he wanted to dish out punishment but keep it in proportion.

There was a feeling that Arteta had to take a stand to maintain discipline in the group after issues this season on timekeeping and one player cried off on the day of a game and a team mate had to be promoted to the squad despite having already done a full training session.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Arsenal omission was due to him being late
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stormed off without doing a warm down

Arsenal legend Ray Parlour backed Arteta’s stand and said it was important to set the right example.

Parlour told talkSPORT: “I totally agree with Mikel Arteta, nobody is bigger than the team. I know Aubameyang is a very important player, captain as well, you’ve got to lead by example.

“There’s no excuse for being late. I think Arteta did a really good interview after the game, saying it’s dealt with and Aubameyang is available for Thursday. The matter’s closed.

“Everyone will be a bit scared now, knowing they can’t be late. If he gets away with it and someone else is late, and they get dropped, then there’s a problem in the dressing room.

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“I think it was the right thing to do. It could’ve gone wrong but you’ve stamp your authority and say you can’t do that. I think it’s disrespectful to the other players as well.”

Meanwhile, Arsenal defender David Luiz believes the win over Tottenham can help the Gunners make a late push for a European place.

Luiz said: “We have to try and continue in this way, try to improve. We are far, but we have a great team and we can continue in this way and try to win points every week.”

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