Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be fined by Arsenal after being dropped to the bench for being late.

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League - Emirates Stadium Arsenal s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left on the bench during the Premier League match at Emirates Stadium, London. Picture date: Sunday March 14, 2021. Copyright: Dan Mullan 58608066
Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur – Premier League – Emirates Stadium Arsenal s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left on the bench during the Premier League match at Emirates Stadium, London. Picture date: Sunday March 14, 2021. Copyright: Dan Mullan 58608066

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As Arsenal announced their starting lineup for the game against Spurs, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was on the bench, a decision Mikel Arteta said was due to ‘disciplinary reasons’ which were revealed to be ‘lateness,’ and it’s reportedly not his first offence.

When Arsenal announced their starting lineup for the Premier League game against Tottenham at the Emirates and fans were left scratching their heads.

While it was good to see Emile Smith Rowe return to the starting lineup, and Willian return to the bench, all eyebrows were raised like a collective Carlo Ancelotti as to why Auba was on the bench.

As many others  pointed out on social media, it’s very strange to drop a player for disciplinary reasons but to also include him on the bench so lateness seemed to fit and the Athletic claimed it is not the first time it’s been an issue.

David Ornstein added, “Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang dropped to bench for Arsenal’s visit of Tottenham after captain reported late when squad met up earlier today. Believed not to be the first time & falls out of line with club’s matchday protocols.”

The media on Monday morning are now reporting that Auba will be fined in addition to missing out on Arsenal’s win over Spurs.

The Daily Mail report, “PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG is set to be fined after turning up late when Arsenal’s squad met for the north London derby.

“Aubameyang was punished immediately by manager Mikel Arteta, who made the bold call to drop his captain for Arsenal’s clash with their biggest rivals Tottenham. The Gabon striker was an unused substitute at the Emirates and watched on as stand-in skipper Alexandre Lacazette scored Arsenal’s winner from the penalty spot in a 2-1 victory.

“And Aubameyang is facing a fine to go with his benching, following his breach of club rules, as this is not the first time he has been late.”

Daily Mail 15 March 2021
Daily Mail 15 March 2021

Arteta said after the game, “I made what I thought was the right decision.

“(Behavioural standards) is the foundation and the platform that we can build something medium and long term that is sustainable. That’s why I keep talking about it and acting on it.

“We have a way of living together that we have to respect each other and that’s it. But he ( Aubameyang) is an incredible guy, he’s probably one of the most important players in the team, he’s our captain. These things happen, we move forward. Let’s enjoy the victory.”

Why was Aubameyang late when he had this sapphire-encrusted Cartier watch?

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang [via instagram]
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang [via instagram]

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has had a Cartier watch encrusted with sapphires and other gems, raising it’s value to £255k from just under £3,000.

Aubameyang's watch © Instagram / mjjexclusive
Aubameyang’s watch © Instagram / mjjexclusive

The work was carried out by a company called MJJ Exclusive who said about the watch, “We present to you an incredible customization of sapphires and gemstones with over 350 individual gemstones, for a total of 88 cts, all set by hand.”

I know footballers are paid a lot of money but there is just something about this that seems so over-the-top and unnecessary, especially given the hardships so many are suffering.

This watch upgrade, however, hasn’t even cost Aubameyang a week’s wages, which I know isn’t his fault and this is nothing against him at all, more a comment on the world we live in that sees NHS staff rewarded for their real-life heroics with a 1% payrise.

Anyway, enough of my moaning, back to the watch.

 

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The new value of the watch has been estimated by Gabonreview.