Piers Morgan has accused Mikel Arteta of "publicly shaming" Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after controversially dropping the Arsenal captain for the north London derby.
The Gunners skipper was dropped to the bench for a breach of the club's pre-match protocol as he watched his team-mates come from behind to beat fierce rivals Tottenham 2-1 on Sunday.
It has since emerged that Aubameyang was "livid" after being left out of the team, although his team-mates are reportedly siding with the manager over the row.
Now avid Arsenal supporter Morgan has had his say – and he hasn't held back in his criticism of "disrespectful" Arteta.
Having stewed on the situation, Morgan wrote on Twitter on Tuesday: "The more I think about the Aubameyang/Arteta thing, the less I like it.
"Turning up a bit late shouldn’t warrant being dropped for a NLD, and for our manager to publicly shame our captain and best player in the way he did was wrong and disrespectful.
"I stand with Aubameyang."
Speaking after the game, Arteta said he axed captain Aubameyang to sustain Arsenal's long-term "foundation".
Asked why it was important for him to set such standards by dropping his captain for a crunch game, Arteta replied: "Because for me they are the foundation and the platform that we can build something medium and long-term that is sustainable and that can bring us joy and happiness.
"Without that, I don't believe that it would happen. That's why I keep talking about it and acting about it.
"I made what I thought was the right decision and we draw a line there and now let's move on again.
"We know how important Auba is for us and for the the club and that's it. It's been dealt with, now let's move on."
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