Mikel Arteta has denied having broken up with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
The Spain tactician said he has a good relationship with the Gabonese striker, although he recently replaced him as he seeks a result at Manchester United.
Arteta was speaking in response to recent comments from Thierry Henry which suggested things might not be smooth between the two. The Arsenal legend had commented that Aubameyang was a symbolic part of Arsenal’s squad and that Arteta should not have removed his captain despite being one goal away at Old Trafford on Thursday.
However, the Arsenal manager insisted there was no rift between the two as they prepared to face Everton on Monday.
Arteta said in his pre-match briefing: “I can guarantee you there is no breakup. You have to respect their opinion (that of Henry and Shearer) but what I can tell you, is that I have the relationship I want with him. When I make decisions with 15, 20, 30 minutes left, or in line up to start, it’s done with one intention and that’s to get the most out of the team. ”
The Arsenal manager also made it clear that he had no intention of humiliating the striker with the replacement at Old Trafford, pointing out that Aubameyang had better than those who had not been in the squad. of the day.
“This is the last word I would use with my players because if it is humiliation imagine what it is for those who are excluded from the squad,” said Arteta.
However, the former Arsenal and Everton midfielder said he feared the 32-year-old striker might not be part of the goals lately, but noted that he had tried to contribute to the team in other areas.
Arteta said: “Obviously he has contributed to games in different ways. Unfortunately, he hasn’t scored as many goals as you might expect in terms of goals.”
“You are always worried when your main striker isn’t scoring goals but is doing his best and knows how much we need him in the team to score goals. At the moment, they don’t. not come but the rest of the things we ask him to do [are]. He’s trying to do his best, “concluded the Arsenal manager.
Aubameyang have failed to score in their last five Premier League appearances despite Arsenal having largely recorded positive results. Losses to Liverpool and Manchester United have been the only spots in a 12-game stretch since the Gunners’ swing at the start of the season.