‘That’s crazy’ – Mikel Arteta slammed for Arsenal training decision


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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been exiled by Mikel Arteta (Picture: Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta’s decision to banish Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from first-team training is a ‘massive overkill.’

That’s the view of former Premier League striker Gabby Agbonlahor, who feels the Spaniard’s treatment of the Arsenal striker is too harsh.

The Gabon international was stripped of the captaincy earlier this month following a ‘disciplinary breach.’

Arteta has remained tight-lipped on what exactly Aubameyang has done wrong but reports suggest he returned home late from a trip abroad which the club had approved.

Aubameyang continues to not be selected for matches at present and Arteta has now reportedly ordered him to train away from the first team with his future at the club now in doubt.

‘Arteta has done well as a manager but I think his treatment of players can be a bit too wild for me,’ Agbonlahor told Football Insider.

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When will Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang be back in action for Arsenal? (Picture: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

‘For the offence, Aubameyang has committed I think he’s been overly punished. It’s been overkill. You’d think he’d committed a massive crime.

‘Stripped of the captaincy might have been overkill but you understand it. Get someone else in there who is always going to obey the rules and not do anything wrong.

‘Aubameyang was never a captain for me, he’s not captain material. No problems with that.

‘Miss a game, ok. It’s a bit harsh but you’re ok with that.

‘But then you banish him to train on his own is massive overkill. That’s crazy. It’s like Arteta’s on a power trip. They’ve been winning games so he’s thought ‘Ok, I’m just going to keep him out.

‘It’s too much, to be honest. If he’d been caught having a covid party with 100 people enjoying life, partying and drinking, that’s different, I’d understand. He’s gone to get his mum, for goodness sake, give the guy a break.’

It remains to be seen if Aubameyang will feature for Arsenal again before he heads to the Africa Cup of Nations in mid-January.

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