Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined the Arsenal squad travelling to Rome on Wednesday, with Mikel Arteta insisting they’ll deal with any lockdown breaches internally.
As you may have seen in the past few days, there’s some speculation that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang might have breached lockdown regulations by visiting a tattoo artist.
It’s not entirely clear when the striker got his latest tattoo, or whether the artist is part of his household bubble, so we don’t know for certain. Mikel Arteta wouldn’t be drawn on the details in his press conference on Wednesday.
“Whatever we do with our players we keep it internally,” Arteta said. “It’s true that a lot of members of our squad have extended family at home. If any player does something that is not in the regulation the club acts immediately, but also privately as well.
“Again, I cannot tell you who every player lives with but we do, and when somebody does anything that shouldn’t be done then obviously we will find out are there will be consequences. And if not, there won’t be.”
The good news for Arsenal fans is that regardless of whether Aubameyang broke the rules, he isn’t being handed a suspension from match action. The striker is with the squad in Rome ready for Thursday night’s clash with Benfica.
Aubameyang scored a hat-trick against Leeds United at the weekend, and Arsenal could use some of that form in their upcoming run of fixtures.
In addition to the Europa League knockout matches, they host league leaders Manchester City at the weekend, then travel to third-place Leicester City a week later. They’re going to need everyone at their best to get results.