Arsenal’s Aubameyang vents at ‘hostage’ situation in airport on Gabon duty

Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has admitted to feeling like a hostage at a Gambia airport.

The Gabon forward and his colleagues were forced to wait inside the building for around six hours before they were able to continue their journey ahead of their Monday evening fixture.

Aubameyang was keen to show the wider public what was happening by live tweeting their situation, and he has even accused the hosts of trying to intimidate his team before their clash.

Gabon take on Gambia as the 31-year-old looks to help his side qualify for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations having missed out in 2019.

He tweeted: “@CAF_Online what a Great Night at the Airport.”

Before adding: “Just want to know why Gambia keep our passports for Hours and they keep us at the Airport are we hostage or what? Are you gonna close your eyes? Want to see the Next Episode of this Film.”

Before responding to a tweet that sent an accusation of intimidation by saying: It will not demotivate us but people need to know and especially that the @CAF_Online take these responsibilities.

“2020 and we want Africa to grow, that's not how we're going to get there!!!”

Aubameyang is set to play a key role alongside Fulham midfielder Mario Lemina and former Sunderland man Didier Ndong, and has insisted that the difficult preparations won’t impact them negatively.

Members of the squad were seen to be trying to get some sleep on the floor and benches during the early hours of the morning, with others on laptops and mobile phones.

The team were finally on their way out just before 6am, with Aubameyang posting a picture from inside a coach as Patrice Neveu's side look to build on their win over Gambia in the reverse fixture.

That victory leaves Gabon three points clear at the top of qualifying Group D, and Aubameyang will be looking to add to his 26 goals in 64 senior caps before returning to north London.

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