Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta dropped captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the bench for Sunday’s north London derby against Tottenham due to a breach of discipline.
Arteta said the issue was subject to an internal process without divulging further details on what the Gabon international had done.
“He was going to start the game, we had a disciplinary issue, we draw the line and we move on,” Arteta told Sky Sports. “He’s on the bench.”
After a slow start to the season, Aubameyang has scored six goals in his last seven games.
“We keep that internally,” added Arteta when quizzed on the nature of the disciplinary breach. “We have a process we have to respect for every game. It’s a decision after evaluating everything, who Auba is and what he’s done and that’s it.
“We have other players who are willing to play and deserve the chance. I’m comfortable with that.”
The Gunners fought back to win all three points despite Lamela scoring a rabona to put Spurs ahead.
However, Martin Odegaard scored to level Arteta’s side up before the first half. Alexandre Lacazette sealed the points with a second-half penalty.