“But he has obviously had a word with the board and said, ‘if you don’t change the culture of the club…. We’ve got young players coming through, Saka, Smith Rowe. If you’re in on time then great, but if you’re late then you’re going to get punished’.”
Arteta brutally ostracised Aubameyang following a succession of disciplinary breaches. The former Gunners captain has since departed to Barcelona, where his goalscoring form has prompted suggestions that he could have been of use to Arsenal.
But Arteta has improved results and his side are fourth in the top-flight. New United boss Erik ten Hag will hope to oversee a similarly ruthless overhaul of haul the squad onto the right path.