Four times Aubameyang has faced Arsenal punishment for ‘disciplinary’ breaches

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Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is in the bad books with Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta again after being guilty of a “disciplinary breach” this week. The Gabon international has been woefully out of form in recent weeks having failed to score in his last six Premier League matches.

Aubameyang was subsequently dropped for Monday’s 2-1 defeat to Everton, coming off the bench late in the second half.

He was expected to return to the starting line-up on Saturday against Southampton with Arteta recently giving his skipper support to turn around his form.

But Arteta’s patience may have already run out after Aubameyang was left out of the matchday squad altogether for the game at the Emirates.

When asked to give a reason for Aubameyang’s absence, Arteta said: “Unfortunately due to a disciplinary breach.

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“We’ve been very consistent that there are certain non-negotiables in the team that we have set ourselves, and as a club, and he’s not involved today.”

He added: “It starts today. But certainly it’s not an easy situation, a situation that we want to have our club captain in.”

It’s not clear when Aubameyang will return to the line-up, but it raises further questions on his future at the club.

But it’s far from the first time Aubameyang has faced the wrath of Arteta for “disciplinary breaches”.


Back in March earlier this year, the striker was dropped to the bench for the north London derby against Tottenham.

It was reported at the time that Aubameyang’s absence from the starting line-up was due to him reporting late for the match.

Just a month prior and Aubameyang was in the bad books again as he was disciplined for breaching COVID-19 regulations to get a tatto.

An Arsenal spokesperson at the time said: “We will speak to the player to remind him of his responsibilities and establish what has taken place.”

And he was also disciplined earlier in the campaign for missing a COVID-19 test before a European trip.

His latest run in with Arteta doesn’t bode well for Aubameyang’s future at the club.

He’s come under fire for his recent performances with just four goals in 14 Premier League appearances.

The lack of goals from Aubameyang has hampered Arsenal too with Watford scoring more goals than the Gunners through 15 games heading into the weekend.

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