Arsenal coach Arteta and Gabonese star Aubameyang feud

Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta called on his players to be “committed and respectful”, stressing that he does not like to impose his authority in a dictatorial manner.

Arteta’s comments came after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was withdrawn from the captaincy last week, for violating the rules of discipline at the London club.

Aubameyang, who extended his contract with the club for an additional 3 years last year, was deprived of the captaincy, before his team’s 2-0 victory over West Ham United earlier this month, after returning late from a trip abroad.

“I do not impose my authority through dictatorship or cruelty,” Arteta said – in statements reported by British media – “I only ask for one thing, which is commitment and respect.”

“If this is not achieved at this high level, I will pack my bags and go somewhere else, because this is the minimum that I am entitled to.”

Arsenal is ranked fourth in the Premier League table, and will meet outside its stadium with Norwich City, who are bottom of the standings, on Sunday.

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