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Arsenal skipper leaves early after north London derby victory

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Arsenal skipper, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, was dropped from the north London derby starting XI for discipline reasons after disobeying Arsenal’s pre-match protocol by being late for coach departure from the Emirates Stadium to the London Angel Hilton, Arsenal’s team hotel.

According to The Athletic’s Arsenal correspondent, James McNicholas, the holographic La Ferrari owned by Aubameyang sped out of the Emirates car park and into the north London night.

Jamie Redknapp said on Sky Sports that he watched Aubameyang warm-up at the pre-match before the north London derby got underway and he did not look his normal and happy self.

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After already exiling Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi from the Arsenal squad Mikel Arteta has managed to stamp his authority and show who is the boss in north London.

Aubameyang was seen at 12:04pm on Sunday afternoon stuck in traffic in Muswell Hill, two miles away from the Emirates Stadium.

It is and always was match-day protocol, since the days of Arsene Wenger; for the Arsenal players to meet at the stadium as soon as they drive in, get the team coach down to the hotel, have a pre-match meal there and then get the coach down to the stadium to arrive 2 hours before kick-off.

After a turbulent season for the Arsenal skipper so far after having to travel to look after his unwell mother and the goals consequently not coming as quickly as he would’ve liked. Mikel Arteta was more than forgiving speaking to Sky Sports after the north London derby victory.

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Mikel Arteta speaking about Aubameyang post match ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Getty Images

When asked about the club captain’s absense Mikel Arteta said:

I made what I thought was the right decision. We draw a line there. Now let’s move on again. That’s it. That’s been dealt with so let’s move on.

There was concern whether Aubameyang would have his captaincy taken away by the Arsenal hierarchy but Mikel Arteta shut down these rumours rapidly during his post-match press conference.

Arsenal fans took to Twitter to see whether Aubameyang would be left out of the squad to face Olympiacos in second-leg of the tie at the Emirates on Thursday night.

Again Mikel Arteta was quick to shut down this speculation and said there would be no further punishment for the skipper.

Mikel Arteta showed his authority by setting out the laws and telling the Arsenal players his non-negotiable’s months ago in an Arsenal team meeting at Arsenal’s London Colney training centre.

It is refreshing to see Arteta stamp his authority on his Arsenal team as he builds new foundations to take The Gunners to a new level.

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