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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Reveals Positive Talks With Mikel Arteta After Being Dropped for North London Derby

By Amreen
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was dropped by Mikel Arteta for disciplinary reasons last weekend
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was dropped by Mikel Arteta for disciplinary reasons last weekend / Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed that he held "positive talks" with Mikel Arteta after being dropped by the Arsenal boss for last weekend's north London derby win over Tottenham.

It was revealed that Arteta chose to bench the Gunners captain after he turned up late for the game which the hosts won 2-1. Aubameyang returned to the starting line up for Thursday's Europa League fixture against Olympiacos.

"On my own situation, I have spoken with the boss and it’s all done now – we move on," said Aubameyang. "I’m focused on the next game and it’s a big one for us. We fought so hard last Thursday to get in this position, so now it’s time to finish the job.

"There is still work to do. We know all about what happened against them [Olympiacos] last season. We were in a strong position then after the first leg that time, but we didn’t kill them off and we got punished badly for it.

"We can’t let that happen again – we have to use our advantage, be wary of the opposition – but let’s play our game, go for the win and we’ll be through."

The Gabon international also provided his thoughts on the derby win over Spurs, and added: "Odegaard deserved it, he worked so hard, we all know he’s got goals in his game so now he has got a couple, I’m sure he will keep getting more for us.

"He’s so clever, he knows when to arrive in the box and we know we have players from wide who can deliver quality – like Kieran did for the first goal. He was so dangerous again for us on Sunday – it’s like having another forward!"

Arsenal are one of the four teams in action this weekend as they travel to West Ham United, with Aubameyang looking to start and get back on the scoresheet.