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Arsenal boss Arteta snaps back at Henry, Shearer: Rift? Humiliation?!

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has snapped back at pundits Thierry Henry and Alan Shearer over his handling of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Spaniard has ignited a row with club legend Thierry Henry, who said “something is not right there," after Arteta hooked his star striker off with 15 minutes remaining against Manchester United on Thursday night as they were defeated 3-2 at Old Trafford.

“I can guarantee you that there is not one," Arteta said when quizzed about a potential rift.

You have to respect their opinions but what I can tell you is I have the relationship I want with him.

“When I make decisions with 15, 20, 30 minutes left or in the line-up at the start, it is done with one intention - to get the best out of the team."

Former England international Alan Shearer went as far as to claim Aubameyang had been humiliated by being brought off early in Manchester.

“That is the last word I would use with my players," Arteta rapped in response.

“Because if that's a humiliation, imagine what is like for the ones I left out of the team.

“Obviously, he's been contributing to games in different ways. Unfortunately, not as many we would expect in terms of goals.

“You're always concerned when your main striker is not scoring but he's trying his hardest and, and he's aware how much we need him in the team to score the goals.

“At the moment they're are not coming but the rest of the things we ask him to do, he is – and he's always trying to do his best."


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