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Arsenal star Aubameyang posts on Instagram after missing NLD, Lacazette responds

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta dropped a bomb just before the North London derby against Tottenham at the Emirates on Sunday.

The Spaniard was quizzed about his team selection which saw Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the bench. Arteta revealed that the Gabon star was set to start the game, but a disciplinary issue forced him to drop his skipper.

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That was a massive call to make before one of the biggest games of the season.

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Aubameyang is a hugely important player for us. He is our skipper and arguably our best player. He has been in fine form recently as well, and in a game that means everything for the supporters, we all wanted him to lead our line.

Arteta, however, claimed he had to draw a line and dropped him. Auba remained an unused substitute and there were some fears among supporters over what this means for the future.

Aubameyang, thankfully, seems to have taken it well. He took to Instagram after our win last night with the caption: “North London is Red and that’s it !!!”

Alexandre Lacazette responded to the post saying: “My captain”, while club legend Ian Wright replied with a bunch of hearts to show support to the Arsenal skipper.

Arteta made a statement

Arteta demands discipline and respect from everyone at the club and he has shown before that he will not tolerate any drop of standards – just ask Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi.

Most managers in world football – even some of the big names – wouldn’t even have considered dropping their captain in a derby of that magnitude. Arteta made a huge statement and he is right to do what he did.

Arsenal have one of the youngest squads in the country. Without discipline, these kids will go nowhere, and since they now know that even the best player in the squad will not be spared, everybody will come in line and that’s the best thing for the club.

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