Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta dismisses claims of rift Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Mikel Arteta has denied claims of a rift with the club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and talk Arsenal have not discussed the possibility of selling the striker in January.

Aubameyang was disqualified because Monday’s 2-1 loss at Everton, appeared in the final five minutes at Goodison Park and missed the equalizer on the final kick of the game.

Sky Sports expert and former Manchester United Defender Gary Neville has suggested that there are signs Arteta and Aubameyang’s relationship is “a bit awkward” and the Gunners could be ready to let the 32-year-old leave if they receive an offer next month.

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“I have a very good relationship with my players,” Arteta said when asked about Aubameyang by ESPN during Friday’s pre-match press conference ahead of Southampton’s visit to the Emirates Stadium.

“People have to understand that I’m always doing what’s best for this club and for this team. And usually if it can benefit any individual, I’ll always do it. Decisions Non-personal decisions, performance-driven decisions, and the best of the team, that’s it.

“Obviously, when a player doesn’t score, it affects his confidence, affects his mood and perhaps confidence, but you have to stand up to the situation, don’t accept it. and feel sorry for myself.”

Pushed about whether Arsenal would consider allowing Aubameyang to leave, Arteta said: “Really, we’ve never discussed something like this, and when players get in trouble – or the team. struggling — something we have to support.”

Arteta also called on the Premier League to introduce a clear threshold for calling matches as a result of COVID-19. European football’s governing body announced that a match would be postponed if a club could not name the 13 senior players in its match day squad but for now the Premier League invites affected teams. and arbitrators file applications on a case-by-case basis.

Tottenham’s matches against Rennes in the UEFA Conference League and Brighton in the Premier League discontinued after a severe outbreak The Spurs Lodge training ground was forced to close.

However, Arsenal were hit by their own COVID-19 issue in August, losing four players to positive tests and disrupting the opening game of the Premier League season – a 0-2 defeat to the team. newly ranked. Brentford.

While Arsenal did not officially apply to the Premier League for the match to be postponed, Arteta later expressed surprise when the club were asked to complete the fixture despite returning numerous positive tests.

When asked to clarify whether the Premier League should specify certain exact circumstances to postpone matches, Arteta said: “I would say that would be really helpful.

“I think it is [too vague] because you don’t know when you have to play and when you don’t and we have some examples of that.

“The decision must first be made to protect the players and the environment, then it is clear that we need to maintain certain criteria so that all the clubs that are playing can play. in the same condition. But for me the most important thing is Health.” Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta dismisses claims of rift Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Jake Nichol

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