What do you do when you’re the captain of the team that’s trailing behind by one goal and is in dire need of an equalizer because the match is in the dying minutes? Every opportunity to net one in the opponent’s goal. But, a sudden call of nature mid game? Say hello to Arsenal skipper Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, who nonchalantly left the field and headed into the toilet as Arsenal were trailing 2-1 behind Brighton & Hove Albion, just five minutes before the final whistle.
Despite the sacking of Unai Emery, interim coach and former club legend Freddie Ljungberg is struggling to see the face of victory, as Brighton just snatched their first ever win at the Emirates stadium in the club’s history. However, even the Swede was oblivious of the sudden depart of the Gabonese international mid game.
As his team were trailing behind 2-1, and only 5 minutes remaining, the 30 year old headed into the stadium tunnel, and returned during a throw in by the 87th minute. However, following the game, Ljungberg stated that it was the call of nature.
“I actually don’t know, but he ran off and then came back two minutes or three minutes later but it could have been yes” the 42 year old ex-Gunner spoke in the post match interview.
But when the reporter stated that the incident is bizarre, Ljungberg replied: “Yeah, but maybe you should ask him about that.”
“But if you feel bad, you feel bad. There’s nothing you can change.” he added.
Check out Ljungberg talking about his team captain’s bathroom break in the clip below, courtesy of the official Twitter handle of SPORTbible.
Arsenal interim manager Freddie Ljungberg was asked why Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left the field to use the bathroom at a crucial point in his side's 2-1 loss to Brighton… 🤔 pic.twitter.com/ZY8fcse9Kp
— SPORTbible (@sportbible) December 6, 2019
Previously serving as the vice captain of the club, Aubameyang was chosen to wear the captain’s armband after Granit Xhaka was stripped off from leadership on 5th November 2019.
The historical win for The Seagulls saw a 36th minute opener from the center back Adam Webster. Arsenal’s hit man Alexandre Lacazette scored the equalizer in the 50th minute, but the Frenchman Neal Maupay netted in the winner for the visitors, 10 minutes before the final whistle.
Just 19 points and no wins in the last 5 Premier League games, times are rough for the Gunners as they sit 10th in the league table, just 5 points shy from the relegation zone.
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