Gabon manager Neveu: Arsenal pressure forced Aubameyang release

Gabon manager Patrick Neveu has hit out at Arsenal after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was released from their Africa Cup of Nations squad.

Aubameyang was allegedly sent back to Arsenal due to ‘pressure’ from the club after his heart scare, according to Neveu.

Ahead of their final group match with Morocco tonight, Neveu told Sky Sports: “What I know is that they’ve been covid free for the last 72 hours.

“We couldn’t arrange an MRI for them, as a result they couldn’t train.

“It was really annoying for them to stay in their rooms. We made the decision yesterday with the president and under pressure from the clubs too, because they’re worried, so that [Aubameyang] should go back to Arsenal and Mario back to Nice.”

On Aubameyang, Neveu added: “As you know he’s a key player for Arsenal, although he’s going through a tough period at the moment. We still have to report to clubs.

“And when a player’s health is affected and as you know they are paid by the club, we have to be reasonable at some point.”

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