Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been dropped from Arsenal’s squad to face Southampton over a disciplinary breach, says Mikel Arteta.
Asked why Aubameyang was not included before the Premier League match, Arteta said: “Unfortunately due to a disciplinary breach.
“I think we have been very consistent that we have certain non-negotiables in the team that we have set ourselves as a club, and he’s not involved today.”
He added: “It’s not an easy situation and not a situation we want to have our club captain in.”
On Friday, Arteta refuted claims there was an issue developing between the pair, after suggestions by Sky Sports‘ Gary Neville that there was a problem brewing.
The Arsenal captain was named on the substitutes’ bench against Everton and only came in the 85th minute, snatching at a late strike to extend his run without a Premier League goal to six games.
Although Arteta was adamant any decisions were made purely for the benefit of the team, he did admit the barren spell in front of goal had dented the forward’s confidence, saying: “Any decision is not personal but when a player is not scoring it affects mood, confidence and belief – but you have to try not to accept it and feel sorry for yourself.
“It’s all about patches and moments and when you are in good form and hitting the goals then trying to maintain it as long as possible while also trying to reduce the time when they aren’t in good form.”