Arteta claims he’s not ‘dictatorial’ amid criticism of Auba situation

Joe Williams
Arsenal bos Mikel Arteta claps the supporters

Mikel Arteta claims that he is not “being dictatorial or trying to be ruthless” at Arsenal after stripping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of the captaincy.

Aubameyang was stripped of the armband and left out of their last four games, the club having taken stern disciplinary action after the Gabon forward reportedly returned late from a trip abroad to visit his ill mother.

The Arsenal striker will continue to train alone before departing for the African Cup of Nations next month after being exiled from first-team training.

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There are some critics who think Arteta is being too harsh on Aubameyang with Arsenal legend Martin Keown hopeful that there will be a “path” back into the Gunners side for the striker.

But Arteta has said the minimum he demands from his Arsenal squad is “respect and commitment” and he will “go somewhere else” if he isn’t able to deliver that.

“I don’t establish my authority by being dictatorial or trying to be ruthless,” Arteta said. “I just ask for one thing, it’s respect and commitment. That’s all.

“And if you don’t ask for that at this level, I think I pack my bags and I go somewhere else because that’s the minimum you can ask for.

“I am sorry but I am going to expect that from everybody who works for the club. First of all myself.

“And the day I don’t do that, I walk through that door and go and do something else. It is as clear as that.

“To be successful you have to be passionate about something and you want to represent a club of this size with its history, that is the minimum standard you have to bring.

“I am not going to ask anybody to put the ball into the top corner every time they hit it, but I will ask them to do the right things every single day for this club. That is for sure.”

There was a report earlier this week that suggested Arteta would be willing to ‘reset relations’ with Aubameyang after the international break.

It’s was claimed that Arteta ‘feels he has made his point and is open to Auba’s return when his AFCON commitments are completed’.