Mikel Arteta

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has refused to rule out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s possible exit during the January transfer window. 

The Gunners announced on Tuesday that Aubameyang had been stripped of the captaincy and will not be available when Arsenal face West Ham United on Wednesday. This comes after the Gabon international was dropped from the team that beat Southampton 3-0 over the weekend.

Speaking to the media Arteta admitted the former Borussia Dortmund ace ‘needs time to heal’ as he also refused to rule out the prospect of letting the 32-year-old leave in January.

“I can say right now that we have made this decision. Unfortunately, it’s a really tough one, and obviously, if I had to choose I would not like to be sitting here talking about it but we had to do it. But for now, he is not involved in the squad,” the Spaniard responded when asked whether he would consider letting Aubameyang go in January.

On possible return

“What I can tell you now is to make the decision that we made is because he was really hurting, and it is still like this and he needs a bit of time to heal. So for now, he is not involved in the squad.

“Since I have been here, [my relationship with Aubameyang has been] really, really good. That is why it is painful.”

This isn’t the first time the former Borussia Dortmund man has been disciplined by the club and Arteta as he was also dropped from the north London derby in March after reporting late for a team meeting.


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