It remains to be seen if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will ever play again for Arsenal but one thing is clear – they were warned he had an issue with timekeeping before they signed him.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signs new Arsenal contract (via@Arsenal)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signs new Arsenal contract ([email protected])

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signed for Arsenal for £57.83m on 31 January 2018.

Two weeks before that, they were given a very clear warning by a German pundit about the player who now finds himself excluded from the first-team squad and training on his own.

German football pundit Marc Behrenbeck said, “Dortmund knows that there won’t be a future for Aubameyang at Dortmund.

“He was unpunctual again. Afterwards, he said he didn’t know about the team meeting but everybody knows about it.

“It is a problem that he has been unpunctual since day one. He had three coaches in the last few years, Peter Stoger, Peter Bosz and Thomas Tuchel and every coach had to suspend him.

“It says a lot about his philosophy and character.”

While it is being touted that Arsenal took action when Aubameyang returned late from visiting him mum, it has become clear that this was far from the first incident.

Daily Mail, 15 December 2021
Daily Mail, 15 December 2021

We all know about what happened last season ahead of the Spurs game and, from Arsenal’s statement, we can assume there have been more incidents that we haven’t heard about.

Until signing his mega-contract, no-one could say that Aubameyang was a poor acquisition for Arsenal. Now 32, he has scored 92 goals, with 21 assists, in 163 games.

That’s a goal or assist every 114 minutes.

At Dortmund, his rate was one every 93 minutes, but, then again, they have generally been a better team than Arsenal over recent years.

If this is the end for Aubameyang at Arsenal- and it looks like it is – it’s sad that it has come to this.

Then again, Arsenal can console themselves in knowing this is just who Auba is and there’s not much you can do about that.