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Mikel Arteta insists his treatment of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang does NOT make him a dictator

Mikel Arteta insists his treatment of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang does NOT make him a dictator at Arsenal… despite claims that the Spaniard was too strict with the former club captain

  • Mikel Arteta insists wasn’t too strict with striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 
  • Aubameyang was stripped of Arsenal captaincy and left the club in January 
  • Arteta says that his treatment of Aubameyang does not make him a dictator 
  • The Gabonese forward has enjoyed life in Spain since joining Barcelona 

Mikel Arteta insists he is no dictator amid accusations that he was too strict with players such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Sportsmail columnist Martin Keown still questions whether the Arsenal boss was right to exile the striker last year over breaches of discipline.

‘Maybe the player could have been forgiven,’ Keown said on Friday. ‘You have these ideas of how you want to live a perfect life, and then you look around and you see that players have flaws.’ Rather than trying to be ‘righteous and virtuous’, Keown believes managers should make allowances for ‘young players who make mistakes’.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored 11 LaLiga goals last season after signing in January

Mikel Arteta said that stripping Aubameyang of the captaincy was not too harsh a decision

Mikel Arteta said that stripping Aubameyang of the captaincy was not too harsh a decision

The fallout between Arteta and Aubameyang was laid bare on Amazon’s All or Nothing this week. The 33-year-old was stripped of the captaincy and then paid to leave, with Arteta keeping a ‘catalogue’ of his ‘misdemeanours’.

Arteta spoke about having ‘non-negotiable’ values but insists he does give players leeway. Indeed, he is happy to have ‘chaos’ — provided it is organised.

‘You cannot treat everybody the same,’ Arteta said. ‘They all have different needs. They need to release energy in different ways and we are here to understand that and try to facilitate that. 

Arteta suggested that Aubameyang did not have the 'non-negotiable' values he desired

Arteta suggested that Aubameyang did not have the ‘non-negotiable’ values he desired

But they also need to understand there are moments to do that. Not everybody can turn up at the time and the day that they want. That’s chaos. If it’s an organised chaos I’m happy for that because I’ve been a player. 

When you need to go and get lost in a mountain for two days, go. When you need to spend time with your family, go. No problem.’

But Arteta then seemed to take a thinly-veiled dig at Aubameyang, who was banished after returning late from a trip abroad. ‘But we should at least know if you’re going to be coming in or not,’ he added.



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