Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be unavailable for selection against Leeds in the Premier League.
Aubameyang was unceremoniously demoted as Arsenal captain last week following his second disciplinary breach of the season.
The striker returned late from a trip to France to visit his mother, prompting Arteta to take the armband from him and leave the Gabon international out of his squad for West Ham’s 2-0 victory.
This punishment will now be carried over to Saturday’s match against Leeds at Elland Road, with speculation rife that the Gabon international will leave the club when the transfer window opens on January 1.
“No, he’s not available for selection,” Arteta said. “He is not available for selection in this game.”
Alexandre Lacazette, a fellow striker, was handed the armband for Arsenal’s impressive victory over West Ham and he put in an assured all-round performance as the Gunners moved up to fourth place in the table.
For the time being, Lacazette will share the armband with former captain Granit Xhaka, as Arteta continues to deal with the fallout from Aubameyang’s disciplinary breach.
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