Mikel Arteta has held talks with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after dropping the Arsenal captain for Sunday’s north London derby – but says he cannot guarantee the striker will start against Olympiacos on Thursday.
Aubameyang was axed after breaching pre-match protocol and remained an unused substitute as Arsenal came from behind to beat rivals Tottenham 2-1.
He then left the Emirates Stadium instead of joining his fellow substitutes for a warm-down session on the pitch.
Speaking after the game, Arteta said he had to discipline Aubameyang to sustain the club’s long-term “foundation”.
On the eve of the second leg of Arsenal’s Europa League round-of-16 clash with Olympiacos, Arteta revealed he and his skipper had cleared the air – but stopped short of saying he would be recalled, with the Gunners 3-1 ahead in the tie.
“Yes,” he replied when asked if everything with Aubameyang had been sorted.
“We talked, everything has been resolved in a really positive way. So we move forward.
“Everybody has to obviously perform at the highest level to earn his place in the team and there is no exceptions there.
“We will try and put a really competitive team out to try and win the game.”