After Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Southampton, all attention turned to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who had been left out of the squad for disciplinary reasons.
The Mirror wasted no time publishing an article after the final whistle saying that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had been told that his future at Arsenal was over and he would lose the captaincy.
The problem? The person telling him all this was Chris Sutton, who has absolutely nothing to do with anything at Arsenal.
Mikel Arteta does, however, and he was asked about his captain after the match and gave little away.
Reporters asked if Auba would be available for West Ham and Arteta refused to clarify anything, but he’d already done that before the game.
Arteta had been asked if the suspension just applied to the game against the Saints and he said ‘yes’.
“I explained what happened today and the reason why he wasn’t involved today, and that’s all I’m going to say,” Arteta replied when asked if Auba would be available for Wednesday ‘s game.
“I am really happy that we won 3-0, and we move onto the next one against West Ham.
“I’ve said it in the press before – unfortunately it happened.
“It was a disciplinary breach, and that’s why he was out of the squad.”
He was then asked if he expects more goals from his captain and said, “I expect from the team what I saw today, and I’m really happy with that.
“Again, I cannot say anything else. Obviously I tried to explain the reasons why, and I couldn’t have done it in a different way – thank you for understanding.”
Asked if Auba remains club captain, Arteta said, “Let’s talk about the game.
“I tried to explain why it was, and I did it frankly. I’m not going to say anything else, I’m going to focus on the performance and the quality that was on the pitch.”
Aubameyang’s agent has apparently already been shopping him around.