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