TalkSport pundits Ally McCoist and Charlie Austin had their say about Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta’s decision to drop Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang against Tottenham on Sunday.
The Gunners skipper reportedly showed up late to a team meeting and that annoyed Arteta. The Arsenal boss dropped Auba to the bench and publicly stated that indiscipline was the reason behind his absence from the starting lineup.
That caused quite a stir on social media. Some felt that it was too harsh a punishment for reporting late, while others feel that Arteta was left with no choice but to punish his skipper – even though it was one of the most important games of the season.
McCoist and Austin both back Arteta’s decision. The TalkSport duo have urged the Arsenal skipper to admit his mistake and move on instead of doing something in the coming days that might make things a lot worse for everyone.
McCoist and Austin: Auba made a mistake
Speaking on TalkSport’s Breakfast show, McCoist said: “He’s made a mistake, he’s left him out of the starting XI on the bench. The team come out and played well and deservedly won the game 2-1. Move on and take your medicine. Don’t start throwing toys out of prams. Just take it on the chin because you’re completely wrong. Move on.”
Austin added: “He’s the captain, he can’t be late. He’s got to set an example. We all know as ex-footballers and current players you can’t be late to turn up to a game, it’s rude. Especially being club captain as well, you’ve got to set the example. He turned up late to a north London derby!
“Any game is a joke, but a north London derby – as big as what it was – that’s poor. If they got beat then it would have been more of a story. They won, so move on to the next game. The more they [Arsenal fans] keep going on about it, the more it’s going to keep coming up.
“Like you say he’s club captain and should know better. He should move on from the situation. If anyone brings it up to him he should just say, ‘listen, that’s gone now’. Move on to the next game, that’s where my mindset is going.”
Arsenal Insider’s view:
McCoist and Austin are right. Aubameyang made a mistake and was punished for it. It’s not the end of the world, he should just hold his hands up and move forward to getting himself ready for the next game.
Auba is one of our most important players. He carried us to the FA Cup last season and despite some poor displays this term, he is still the guy we all look at when we are in desperate need of a goal.
The Arsenal skipper almost always delivers and hopefully that will not change. His relationship with Arteta has always been strong. Sunday’s decision might have strained it a little bit, but surely they can work around it for the betterment of the team.