Aubameyang to miss Leeds game Saturday, says Mikel Arteta

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is not available for Arsenal’s Premier League match at Leeds on Saturday, says manager Mikel Arteta.

The match kicks off 5.30pm London time.

Arteta stripped Aubameyang of the Arsenal captaincy after a disciplinary breach and has also decided to make the striker train apart from the rest of the first-team squad.

Aubameyang has been dropped for the previous two matches and Arteta was unable to shed any light on when he may return and, although the Arsenal boss was able to confirm that the Gabon striker would be sitting out Saturday’s trip to Leeds, he otherwise remained tight-lipped on the situation.

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“No he’s not available for selection,” said Arteta, who batted away questions on Aubameyang’s future.

Read also: Arsenal strip Aubameyang of club’s captaincy

Asked how he had coped with the fallout of taking the armband from Aubameyang, Arteta said: “Every time that you are sitting here, you have some challenges.

“You have some brilliant moments and some moments when you have to make decisions.

“I am sitting here to try to make the right decisions every day. My only intention is that – to get the club in the best possible condition, to defend our players and get the best possible results on the pitch that we can.

“It’s been challenging because those decisions are tough and not pleasant, but you have to do what you feel is right.”

Arteta wants more clarity over Covid postponements

Meanwhile, Arteta has called for more clarity from the Premier League over the growing number of games being postponed because of coronavirus outbreaks at clubs.

The English Football League has also been badly hit by the latest wave of infections across the country, with 14 games affected across its three divisions so far.

Arsenal saw their opening game of the new season go ahead at Brentford despite having a number of positive cases in the squad.

Arteta said: “We need more clarity on why those games are not being played and what you need to not have a game played, so you can maintain the fairness of the competition.

“We have been here on the other side of the table (at the start of the season) where we had all the arguments in the world to not play a football match and we ended up playing it.”

(Sky Sports)