Arsenal are currently investigating allegations that captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang broke coronavirus lockdown rules by getting a tattoo, according to multiple reports. The Gabonese forward was pictured posing with a tattoo with tattoo artist Alejandro Nicolas Bernal, despite the UK regulations which say that all mobile and static tattoo parlours must remain closed during the lockdown currently in place.
“It is a private matter and we will be speaking to the player to establish the facts,” the Mirror have relayed as a statement from a club spokesman.
If found guilty, Aubameyang, who scored a hat-trick in Arsenal’s 4-2 win over Leeds United at the Emirates on Sunday, will face the possibility of being punished by the club, though in what way, it remains to be seen.
Arsenal have had a series of disciplinary issues over the last year or so, most notably concerning Matteo Guendouzi who was frozen out of the squad following his altercation with Brighton and Hove Albion forward Neal Maupay, and eventually sent out on a season-long loan to Hertha Berlin. It wasn’t the first time the French midfielder had incurred the wrath of manager Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu, having reportedly already caused trouble during the winter training camp in Dubai last year.
Facing a very tough battle to secure European football for next season, the last thing the team needs right now is their captain drawing unwanted attention to himself with this kind of action. At the age of 32 and under a relatively fresh and lucrative contract, Aubameyang should be setting an example for a large number of younger players who have recently broken their way into Arteta’s reckoning, and breaking lockdown rules is certainly not the way to do it, especially given the effort being made to keep the season going in the current circumstances.