Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has stated that if he cannot expect respect and commitment from his players, he will leave the club.
The Spaniard also emphasized that his management of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s situation is not “dictatorial.” After his latest disciplinary transgression, Aubameyang was replaced as Arsenal captain earlier this month.
Since then, the Gabonese striker has missed Southampton’s, West Ham United’s, Leeds United’s, and Sunderland’s last four games.
Before departing for the Africa Cup of Nations next month, the 32-year-old will continue to practice separately from the first squad.
Despite the problems at Arsenal, the former captain took to Instagram to criticize the North London outfit, writing “Family First.”
Mezut Ozil, a World Cup winner, and former Real Madrid player, received the same treatment at the club and spent a lot of time on the bench before leaving for Turkey.
Who knows if the same fate awaits the Gabon international?
Arteta has finally come out in defense of his actions. Mikel Arteta on Aubameyang excluded:
“I don’t establish my authority by being dictatorial or trying to be ruthless.
“I just ask for one thing, it’s respect and commitment. That is all there is to it.
“And if you don’t ask for that at this level, I think I will pack my bags and go somewhere else because that is 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’ll walk through that door and go and do something else. It is as clear as that,” Arteta said.