Mikel Arteta

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta remained coy on the return of his former captain Pierre Emerick Aubameyang.

Auba was stripped off of the captaincy early in the week after it emerged that he returned late from France where he was visiting his sick mother; a move that made him unavailable for the club’s win over West Ham on Wednesday night.

After the game, the Spaniard was asked if he will draft the player back into his team in their coming game and he said: “He wasn’t eligible for this game and that’s it. This game is gone. We will discuss it in the near future.”

On the team’s win, Arteta added: “They were fully focused. They wanted to show how strong we are as a team. The performance, the attitude and the commitment they showed today is exactly what we are as a club.

“I expect it from every player – to stick to our values. We will talk about that another day. Today I want to talk about the game.”

The win saw Arsenal get to the top four with 29 points and they will hope to repeat the same outing when they visit Leeds United in their next game.

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