Furious Arsenal ‘could block Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from future international duty’

Furious Arsenal 'could block Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from future international duty'
The Gunners star had a torrid time with Gabon in the international break (Pictures: Getty / Instagram)

Arsenal have reacted angrily to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s recent issues on international duty with Gabon, with the national team manager suggesting he could be blocked from future call-ups.

The Gunners skipper uploaded a series of images to his Instagram stories on Sunday evening showing him and his teammates having to sleep on the floor of Gambia’s Banjul International Airport after not being allowed into the country.

Gabon were due to play an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier the next day and were made to stay at the airport overnight before finally being allowed to board the team bus at 6am, some six hours after arriving.

Furious Arsenal 'could block Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from future international duty'
It was not until just before 6am that Gabon’s players were allowed to leave (Picture: Instagram)

It was far from ideal preparation for their match with Gambia, which they lost, and national team boss Patrice Neveu says Arsenal were not at all pleased with the situation and could prevent Aubameyang from joining up with Gabon in the future.

Speaking to Canal Plus, the Gabon manager revealed: ‘Arsenal called Pierre-Emerick. After seeing him in those conditions, it’s over.

‘They won’t let him come again, and it will be the same for players from other clubs.

‘It’s understandable. They are high level players and when they come on international duty, they need to have a minimum of comfort.’

He added more to L’Echo Republicain, continuing: ‘All the players tried to sleep on the airport floor. Imagine if Aubameyang, a player who costs more than €1m per month, gets injured.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium
Aubameyang is the joint highest earner at Arsenal after signing a new deal (Picture: Getty)

‘The English club can be annoyed after what’s happened. To make a player sleep the floor.’

The delay at the airport is believed to have been caused by Gambian authorities waiting to confirm that all players had given negative Covid-19 tests, and any ban Arsenal might try to impose would not last beyond the current coronavirus pandemic.

Gabon ultimately lost 2-1 against Gambia, having been forced to play just a few hours after they belatedly arrived at their team hotel.

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