Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang benched at Arsenal
Unai Emery has left Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on Arsenal’s bench for the club’s last two matches.
Things worked out OK in a 2-0 home win against Newcastle. Aubameyang was introduced on the hour mark, and he went on to set up Alex Iwobi for the second goal of the game.
Against Everton, things didn’t pan out as well. Arsenal lost 1-0 at Goodison Park in a poor performance that saw them drop out the top four.
Aubameyang came on at the break but he had little impact on proceedings.
Why Aubameyang has been left out
Unai Emery has revealed why Aubameyang has been left on Arsenal’s bench in recent matches.
Many had assumed it was a tactical choice. That Emery is happier starting Alexandre Lacazette right now over Aubameyang.
But apparently that’s not the case as Aubameyang has reportedly been ill. The Arsenal boss revealed:
He had a small problem and he has been taking antibiotics because he is sick. That is the reason he didn’t start the last two matches.
But if Aubameyang was that sick, why wasn’t he left out of the squad entirely?
Aubameyang: "He had a small problem and he has been taking antibiotics because he is sick. That is the reason he didn't start the last two matches." #AFC
— Mark Mann-Bryans (@MarkyMBryans) April 10, 2019
A record of Aubameyang being sick
Wenger on Aubameyang: “He was sick [this week]. He came in on Tuesday & we had to keep him out of training because he has still not recovered from his sickness, but on Wednesday, he had a good session. He will be a bit sharper on Saturday than he was last week.” #afc pic.twitter.com/3uqVqeyYie
— afcstuff (@afcstuff) February 9, 2018
Emery on other players who did not travel: “I explained first, for Mkhitaryan, why he cannot play. Monday & Tuesday, Aubameyang was sick & he cannot travel to play. Aaron Ramsey asked me if he can stay in London because his wife is pregnant & they are waiting on the doctors.” pic.twitter.com/wOJVYhCf8q
— afcstuff (@afcstuff) October 4, 2018
Meanwhile Aubameyang calls in “sick”… https://t.co/2HHhYS8qTK
— Sandra Goldschmidt (@SanBorussia) January 29, 2018
Arsenal vs Napoli
Arsenal are in Europa League action on Thursday night at the Emirates Stadium when they take on Napoli.
Tonight’s match is the first leg of the quarterfinal tie.
If Arsenal do miss out on the top four, the Gunners can still claim a place in next season’s Champions League by winning this season’s Europa League.
Also see: Reiss Nelson confirms Arsenal career plans.