Arteta explains benching Aubameyang for North London derby (video)

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Mikel Arteta explained that Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s absence from the starting lineup versus Tottenham Hotspur is not tactical.

The North London derby will be without one of the most clinical finishers in the world, at least to start the game, as Arteta would not disclose many details about the Gabonese star’s indiscretion.

“He was going to start the game,” Arteta said. “We had a disciplinary issue. We have drawn the line and we move on. He is on the bench.”

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Pressed for details, Arteta shed a crack of light on his decision.

“We keep that internal,” said the Arsenal boss. “We have a process that we have to respect for every game and that’s it.”

It’s complete speculation but if Aubameyang is on the bench it could be down to a timeliness issue or something related to the heavy expectations of COVID-19 protocols.

Either way, it’s a major statement from Arteta as he attempts to plug further discipline into his team. This is his captain and the club’s last captain, Granit Xhaka, went through an ugly time with the club to boot.

Let’s see how this plays out!

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Arteta explains benching Aubameyang for North London derby (video) originally appeared on NBCSports.com