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Fresh details of talks between Mikel Arteta and Aubameyang after disciplinary issue.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is pleased after his striker reacted “really positively” after he was dropped out of the Spaniard squad on disciplinary grounds.

The boss said he held talks with his captain and even said his captain could even start in the Europa League game against Olympiacos on Thursday.

The 31 years old Gabon international was left fuming after he was not given time to play in the derby against Tottenham for arriving late. Aubameyang had blamed traffic congestion as a cause of him arriving late.

Mikel Arteta said: “We talked, everything is resolved and we moved on.

“He reacted really positively that’s why I said that this is over, that we move forward in a positive way and there is no more comment to make on that.”

“He trained really well the last two days he was smiling as usual, as we always expect from Auba. It’s all good.”

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Mikel took the step of punishing Aubameyang to stress his authority and remind his players of the standards he expects from them. This was not the first incident where the Arsenal captain has turned up late. The issue of public punishment and the attention it attracted is what made Auba upset.

Arsenal midfielder Mohammed Elneny gave an assurance that the team has the utmost respect for their captain and that the whole issue is resolved.

He said: “We are happy with Auba, he’s always there for us, he’s our captain and outside of the pitch he is one of the best players we have.

“He is always happy, an amazing player, and gives us amazing energy. I don’t know what’s happening really but it’s finished now.”

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