Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta insists no player is undroppable as he aims to get his team back to winning ways.
Arteta was speaking ahead of Arsenal's final game of Europa League group stage against Dundalk, in a dead-rubber clash. The Spaniard admitted no played is guaranteed a place in his team, not even the club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gabon international wasn't part of the squad that traveled to face Dundalk with the north London side having already qualified for the knock out stages of the tie.
The Gunners have been doing well in the Europa League but have failed to produce the same performance in the domestic league. The club's main issue has been the lack of goals as they are currently the bottom three having scored only 10 goals. Aubameyang has been struggling in front of the goal having failed to score from open play in the league since the opening weekend.
"No one is undroppable at the end of the day," he said.
"You have to find the right players to win football matches but we cannot forget what Auba has done for this club and what he's done in recent months - not years ago."
"And as well because I see how he is training, how he is behaving, and how much he wants to turn the situation around.
"When I see that type of hunger I stay as a strong supporter to a player when he is established in the team and the performances that he has provided.
"Listen, today, and this week, the response I have seen from the players and the reaction I saw from the players after the match, I cannot be any prouder.
"Auba was one of the main guys there and today he was walking the place with an energy that wouldn't be associated to a team or a player that is suffering at the moment and this is for me the way we have to approach it."
Arteta isn't tempted to take Auba to Dundalk in a bid to play him into form.
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