‘Not the first time’ – Insight provided into Aubameyang’s disciplinary issues


‘Not the first time’ – Insight provided into Aubameyang’s disciplinary issues

Further insight into the reasoning behind Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s benching for this evening’s showdown with Tottenham has been forthcoming online.

Derby matchup

The marquee fixture of the Premier League weekend is of course currently playing out at the Emirates.

The clash in question sees rivalries renewed, as Arsenal and Spurs go head-to-head in the latest edition of the North London Derby.

The matchup marks an altogether more important one for the visitors, with Jose Mourinho’s men of course in the thick of the race for European football.

Arteta’s Gunners, on the other hand, sat in mid-table ahead of kick-off, with a route into next season’s Champions League being eyed via Europa League glory.

Early in proceedings in the capital, though, it is nevertheless Arsenal who have looked much the better of the two sides, with Emile Smith Rowe’s rasping drive from distance having come within inches of handing the home side the lead:

Auba punished

The early threat posed by Arteta’s men of course comes despite an alarming piece of personnel news having come to the fore ahead of the action getting underway at the Emirates.

This came in the form of confirmation that captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had been dropped to the bench by Mikel Arteta, with Alexandre Lacazette introduced in his place.

When drawn on his decision during a pre-match interview, the Arsenal boss was unsurprisingly keen to keep his cards close to his chest regarding the situation, simply citing ‘disciplinary reasons’:

As outlined above, though, further insight into the matter has since been forthcoming online.

The information comes courtesy of the reliable David Ornstein of The Athletic, who has revealed that ‘Auba’ turned up late for duty in north London this afternoon.

This is reportedly ‘not the first time’ the Gabonese has been guilty of such an offence, with Arteta having evidently been keen to make an example of his captain:

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City FC 30 43 71
2 Leicester City FC 29 21 56
3 Manchester United FC 28 23 54
4 Chelsea FC 29 19 51
5 West Ham United FC 27 11 48
6 Everton FC 28 3 46
7 Tottenham Hotspur FC 27 18 45
8 Liverpool FC 28 11 43
9 Aston Villa FC 27 11 41
10 Arsenal FC 27 7 38
11 Crystal Palace FC 29 -16 37
12 Leeds United 28 -3 36
13 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 28 -9 35
14 Southampton FC 29 -15 33
15 Burnley FC 29 -15 33
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 28 -7 29
17 Newcastle United FC 28 -17 28
18 Fulham FC 29 -14 26
19 West Bromwich Albion 29 -37 18
20 Sheffield United FC 29 -34 14
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 17
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 16
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 16
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 14
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 13
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 12
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 12
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 10
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 10
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 10
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 9
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 9
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City FC 9
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 9
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 9
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 9
Maddison, James Leicester City FC 8
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 8
Soucek, Tomas West Ham United FC 8

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