Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has reportedly been banished from training with the Arsenal first-team in the aftermath of a row with manager Mikel Arteta.
The 32-year-old was stripped of his captaincy earlier this week following a disciplinary breach where he turned up to training late after being given permission to visit his mother in Gabon.
It is understood that the incident was the latest of several “typical” infringements by the no.14, which saw him be informed of the club’s decision face-to-face by Arteta.
And having initially been left out of the win over Southampton last weekend and confirmed by Arteta to be out for Saturday’s action against Leeds, Aubameyang’s future at the club has suffered another blow.
The striker appears to have fallen out with the Spaniard in a big way, with The Telegraph claiming he will not feature for the Gunners again before heading off to the Africa Cup of Nations.
Aubameyang initially was expected to depart at the latest possible date for the competition set in Cameroon but will now be allowed to leave at the earliest opportunity.
The paper also claim that the Gabonese striker has not gone on strike nor refused to train, but has been given a special training regime to work on alone at Arsenal’s London Colney complex.
His sudden departure and the upcoming January transfer window means his appearance against Everton could have been the last time the forward put on an Arsenal shirt.
Aubameyang arrived at Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund just under three-years-ago.
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Despite setting the record for the club’s fastest striker to reach 50 goals, he has struggled since the start of last season due to family issues, unexpectedly catching malaria and problems with the side’s creativity
The goals have consequently dried up for Arsenal’s former talisman and it seems his lackadaisical character has finally pushed Arteta to make a decision surrounding his future.
Meanwhile, the Gunners are yet to announce a new captain, with Arteta highlighting his reliance on a “leadership group” that includes Alexandre Lacazette and Granit Xhaka.
Lacazatte led the side as they ran rampant against Southampton and then West Ham, though is set to leave in the summer once his contract expires.
Arsenal are expected to make their long-term appointment at the end of the season with candidates like Kieran Tierney, Gabriel and Martin Odegaard looking the most likely.
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