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Aubameyang in a “different position” for Arsenal ahead of north London derby

Mikel Arteta will look to Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to make the difference as the Gunners host Tottenham in the latest edition of the north London derby

Aubameyang in a "different position" for Arsenal ahead of north London derby

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Mikel Arteta declares Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is in a “different position” for Arsenal ahead of Sunday’s north London derby – after the forward was dropped for the last clash with Tottenham due to disciplinary reasons.

Club captain Aubameyang was late to link up with his teammates before the encounter with Spurs in March and Arteta withdrew him from the starting XI.

The Gabonese was an unused substitute for the 2-1 win, leaving him “livid” and prompting him to storm out of the Emirates.

Aubameyang and Arteta’s relationship has since healed, with the 32-year-old poised to start in attack for the latest visit of Spurs.



Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was an unused substitute after he was late for the last north London derby
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“Well that was just an incident that I had to make a decision,” Arteta told reporters on Friday when asked if Aubameyang has bounced back from being dropped for the last north London derby.

“Now I think Auba is in a different position. That doesn’t mean he was in a bad position at the time.

“I think now he’s been in really good form. At Burnley he was extraordinary even though he didn’t score.”









Arsenal beat Burnley 1-0 last weekend to make it back-to-back wins in the Premier League, with Aubameyang scoring the winner against Norwich City in the previous game.

The Gunners also notched up their third consecutive win with a 3-0 victory over AFC Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup third round on Wednesday.

Alexandre Lacazette led the line against the League One club and opened the scoring from the penalty spot.

The Frenchman shone in Aubameyang’s absence in the last north London derby, scoring what proved to be the winner with a second-half penalty.

Was Mikel Arteta right to drop Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the last north London derby? Have your say in the comments.

Arteta was asked whether Lacazette could keep his place in the starting XI on Sunday and responded: “Everybody has a chance obviously we’re not going to tell you what we are going to do in terms of the line-up.

“There are a few positions where we are deciding and we hope to make the right decision.”

There is plenty of uncertainty surrounding Lacazette’s future with Arsenal as he has entered the final 10 months of his deal.







The 30-year-old will be free to enter talks with clubs outside England in January with a view to signing a pre-contract agreement.

La Liga champions Atletico Madrid are believed to be keen on Lacazette, but Arteta insists he is not worried about his situation.

“We discuss that internally, we discuss that with him,” said Arteta of Lacazette’s future. “It’s a long season ahead of us everything can happen everything is open.”


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