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Aubameyang Set To Miss Southampton Match, Reason Revealed

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is not sure about the availability of skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for their English Premier League trip to Southampton on Wednesday as the Gabon international striker deals with a personal matter.

Aubameyang missed last Saturday’s 1-0 FA Cup fourth-round defeat by Southampton, which knocked the holders out of the competition. Arteta said the 31-year-old had been withdrawn a few hours before the game began.

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“He had a personal matter in the last few hours and we had to send him back,” Arteta told Arsenal’s website before the contest at St Mary’s.

Asked by reporters later if Aubameyang would be ready for their league clash against the Saints, Arteta said: “I don’t know. He needs to address that issue and see how it evolves.”

Arteta added that he was “disappointed” by their FA Cup exit thanks to Gabriel’s first-half own goal, adding: “We wanted to continue in the competition. We had a dream to do it again.”

However, some pundits raised doubts over Arteta’s desire to retain the FA Cup.

This post was first published on GoalBall.

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