Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang snubbed post-match warm-down with other Arsenal subs and set to receive fine

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang snubbed post-match warm down with other Arsenal subs
The skipper left the Emirates not long after full-time (Picture: Getty Images)

In addition to turning up late for Arsenal’s north London derby win over Tottenham, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was also the first player to leave the Emirates as he made a hasty exit.

The Gunners’ captain was left out of the starting XI for Sunday’s 2-1 victory due to ‘disciplinary reasons’, which was later revealed to be a ‘breach of match protocol’ when he turned up late prior to the game.

It is not the first time Aubameyang’s time-keeping has let him down and manager Mikel Arteta felt compelled to punish him by leaving him on the bench against Arsenal’s fiercest rivals.

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Aubameyang looked far from happy in the stands (Picture: Getty)

But rather than wanting to make amends for his error, The Athletic report that Aubameyang snubbed the customary post-game warm-down undertaken by substitutes.

The likes of Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Pablo Mari all took part in drills and sprints on the Emirates pitch after full-time, with head fitness coach Shad Forsythe leading the session.

But, just 23 minutes after the full-time whistle had been blown, Aubameyang’s Ferrari was seen and heard leaving the Emirates.

It is the third time this season Aubameyang has fallen foul of Arsenal’s rules, having turned up late to a European match last year as well as being ‘reminded of his responsibilities’ by the club after breaching lockdown rules to get a new tattoo.

Accordingly, The Daily Mail report that Aubameyang will also receive a fine – likely one or two weeks’ wages – to go along with his benching.

Despite Arteta’s firm stance on Aubameyang’s lateness, the Arsenal manager wanted to draw a line under the episode and will be relying on his captain for the rest of the season.

‘I made what I thought was the right decision,’ explained Arteta after the game.

‘[Behavioural standards] are the foundation and the platform that we can build something medium and long term that is sustainable. That’s why I keep talking about it and acting on it.’

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