Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been left out of Arsenal’s squad to face Southampton due to a disciplinary offense, says Mikel Arteta.
Asked why Aubameyang did not participate in the Premier League match in the Emirates, Arteta said: “Unfortunately due to a disciplinary offense.
“I think we’ve been very consistent that we have some non-negotiable things in the team that we’ve defined ourselves as a club, and he’s not involved today.”
“It is not an easy situation and it is not a situation in which we want our captain to be,” he added.
On Friday, Arteta refuted allegations that a problem was developing between the couple, following suggestions from before Sky Sports“Gary Neville that there is a problem with fermentation.
The Arsenal captain was named to the bench against Everton and came in just in the 85th minute, snatching late with his shot to continue his goalless run in the Premier League to six games.
Although Arteta was adamant that any decisions were made purely in the best interest of the team, he admitted that the barren incantation in front of the goal undermined the striker’s confidence, saying: “Any decision is not personal but when the player does not score, it affects. Mood, confidence and faith – but you have to You try not to accept it and feel sorry for yourself.
“It’s all about the corrections and the moments and when you’re in shape and you hit the targets, then you try to keep them for as long as possible while trying to reduce the time you’re not in shape.”
Why Arteta’s decisions warrant scrutiny
By Nick Wright
“I want more from my team,” said Mikel Arteta. Sky Sports. The Arsenal boss made no excuses for his side’s poor performance in Monday’s 2-1 loss to Everton, but for many fans, the players are not the only ones underperforming at the moment.
The third defeat in four matches left Arteta under increased scrutiny. “It was a worrying sign, how they lost” Sky Sports Critic Jamie Carragher. After Manchester United lost 3-2, this was the second game in a row that Arsenal gave up their lead.
They have lost the momentum of their run unbeaten in 10 matches at a time when competitors are finding their momentum. Arsenal slipped to seventh place as a result, behind Manchester United and Tottenham – two teams that were in crisis as recently as a few weeks ago.
It would be an exaggeration to describe Arsenal’s current plight as a crisis. He is only four points behind the fourth-placed West Ham, who will face him at the Emirates Stadium next week. “They can win the next game at home and they will still be a challenge for the top two,” Carragher added.
But with that said, it comes down to how quickly their progress unraveled and Arteta didn’t help himself with some of the decisions that ultimately contributed to their recent defeat.