Arsenal boss Arteta speaks out over Aubameyang situation

Arsenal boss Arteta speaks out over Aubameyang situation: ‘I only ask for one thing…’Arsenal boss Arteta speaks out over Aubameyang situation: ‘I only ask for one thing…’


Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has, on Thursday, spoken out over claims that his recent treatment of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang resembles that of a ‘dictator’.

Auba stripped

The name of Gabonese hitman Aubameyang has of course taken its place centre stage in the headlines over the last couple of weeks.

This comes owing to a chain of events which ultimately culminated in the Gabonese being stripped of the captain’s armband at the Emirates.

Aubameyang is understood to have returned late from a trip abroad earlier this month, an infraction which, initially, saw the ex-Borussia Dortmund man dropped for a Premier League meeting with Southampton.

Add to this the fact that the 32-year-old has struggled for form, as well as having his commitment to the Arsenal cause called into question this season, and manager Arteta coming to the eventual decision to seek out a new leader for his panel of young stars becomes all the more understandable.

‘Auba’, in turn, has since been omitted from the Gunners’ ensuing three matchday squads, too.

‘Respect and commitment’

It should therefore come as little surprise to hear that, upon speaking to the media earlier today, Arteta was drawn on his decision to banish Aubameyang to the stands.

Perhaps even more noteworthy, though, was the Arsenal boss being pressed on claims that he now cuts the figure of something of a ‘dictator’ in north London, owing to his treatment not only of the Gabonese, but also Mesut Ozil, Matteo Guendouzi and more.

Arteta, however, was quick to shut down such suggestions, assuring that he asks only ‘one thing’ of his players:

‘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.’


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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 18 35 44
2 Liverpool FC 18 35 41
3 Chelsea FC 18 27 38
4 Arsenal FC 18 4 32
5 West Ham United 17 7 28
6 Manchester United 16 2 27
7 Tottenham Hotspur 15 -1 26
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 -1 25
9 Leicester City 16 0 22
10 Aston Villa 17 -2 22
11 Crystal Palace 17 0 20
12 Brentford FC 16 -1 20
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 16 -3 20
14 Everton FC 17 -8 19
15 Southampton FC 17 -10 17
16 Leeds United 18 -18 16
17 Watford FC 16 -10 13
18 Burnley FC 15 -7 11
19 Newcastle United 18 -23 10
20 Norwich City 17 -26 10
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 15
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 7
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 7
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 7
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 6
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 5
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 5
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 5

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