Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta addresses talk of rift with Aubameyang

Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta addresses talk of rift with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has responded to talk of a potential rift between himself and Gunners captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struggling for form

Aubameyang is once again in the midst of a fairly poor patch of form.

The striker enjoyed a purple patch between gameweek four and gameweek nine of the Premier League season, which saw him score four and assist one.

However, since then, Aubameyang has not registered a single goal or assist in the league.

The 32-year-old’s latest appearance saw him taken off when Arsenal were 3-2 down against Manchester United and in need of a goal – a move that certainly appeared to hint that Arteta had little faith in his captain’s chances of rescuing a point for the north Londoners on the day.

Elsewhere, as per the Daily Mail, Arteta’s decision to haul Auba off ‘prompted comments from pundits Alan Shearer and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry that there must be a problem between the pair and the player had been humiliated’.

Arteta speaks out on talk of problem with Arsenal captain Aubameyang

In turn, ahead of his side’s meeting with Everton, Arteta has now spoken out on suggestions of a rift between himself and his captain.

The Spaniard, however, seemed keen to shut such talk down, stating:

“I can guarantee you that there is not a rift. You have to respect their opinion (Henry and Shearer’s) but what I can tell you is I have the relationship I want with him.

“When I make decisions with 15, 20, 30 minutes left, or in the line-up at the start, it is done with one intention and that is to get the best out of the team.”

Quotes via the Daily Mail.

With Man United looking back in form under new management, Arteta and co. will need Aubameyang to start firing on all cylinders once again very soon, if they are to stand any chance of securing that final Champions League spot this season.

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4 West Ham United 15 9 27
5 Arsenal FC 14 -3 23
6 Tottenham Hotspur 13 -4 22
7 Manchester United 14 0 21
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 15 -1 21
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 15 -2 20
10 Leicester City 14 -3 19
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14 Southampton FC 15 -7 16
15 Everton FC 14 -7 15
16 Leeds United 14 -7 15
17 Watford FC 15 -9 13
18 Burnley FC 14 -7 10
19 Newcastle United 15 -13 10
20 Norwich City 14 -20 10
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Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 6
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 6
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 6
Raphinha Leeds United 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 6
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 5
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
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