Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is currently serving punishment for a disciplinary breach that has seen him lose the captain’s arm band and his place in the Arsenal team as he’s been dropped from the Gunners squad in their last four games.
The Gabon striker was said to have returned late to training after flying to France to pick up his mum for the holidays. Ever since then, the 32 year old has been training away from the Arsenal first team, raising doubts about his future at the club.
A lot of people have accused Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta of being dictatorial in his handling of the situation but the Spaniard has refuted such claims.
“I don’t establish my authority by being dictatorial. I just ask for one thing, it’s respect and commitment. That’s all”.
“If you don’t ask for that at this level, I think I pack my bags and I go somewhere else”. Arteta said in a recent press conference.
Former Aston Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor though disagrees with Arteta as he feels the Arsenal manager might have taken things to far with Aubameyang.
As quoted by Football Insider via Football.London, Agbonlahor said: “Arteta has done well as a manager but I think his treatment of players can be a bit too wild for me,”
“For the offence Aubameyang has committed I think he’s been overly punished. It’s been overkill. You’d think he’d committed a massive crime.
“Stripped of the captaincy might have been overkill but you understand it. Get someone else in there who is always going to obey the rules and not do anything wrong. Aubameyang was never a captain for me, he’s not captain material. No problems with that.
“Miss a game, ok. It’s a bit harsh but you’re ok with that. But then you banish him to train on his own is massive overkill. That’s crazy. It’s like Arteta’s on a power trip. They’ve been winning games so he’s thought ‘Ok, I’m just going to keep him out’.
“It’s too much, to be honest. If he’d been caught having a covid party with 100 people enjoying life, partying and drinking, that’s different, I’d understand. He’s gone to get his mum, for goodness sake, give the guy a break.”
Mikel Arteta has not disclosed whether Aubameyang would be available for Sunday’s game against Norwich and as long as the current situation remains, the 32-year old’s exit from Arsenal would get increasingly likely.