Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was left out of the Arsenal side for the north London derby with Tottenham for disciplinary reasons, with Mikel Arteta confirming it was on account of lateness.
Gunners boss Arteta confirmed the news in his pre-game interview with Sky Sports, but would not elaborate further.
“He was going to start the game,” Arteta told Sky Sports. “We had a disciplinary issue.
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“We have drawn the line and we move on. He is on the bench.
“We have a process we have to respect for every game and that is it.”
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Arteta confirmed following the 2-1 win over Tottenham that Aubameyang was dropped on account of turning up late, but wants to draw a line under the affair.
“We have a way of leaving together that we have to respect each other and that is it," he said.
“But he is an incredible guy and he is one of the most important players in the team, he is our captain, and we move forward.”
With Aubameyang, who scored in Arsenal’s most recent Premier League outing at Burnley, named on the bench, Alexandre Lacazette led the line against Spurs.
The Gunners' win moved them on to 41 points, 10 adrift of Chelsea who occupy the fourth and final Champions League qualification spot.
Tottenham are seventh on 45 points.
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