Arsenal captain Aubameyang sleeps on airport floor ahead of Leeds United clash at Elland Road

Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was forced to sleep on the floor of an airport - just days before their clash against Leeds United at Elland Road.

Tuesday, 17th November 2020, 12:21 pm
Updated Tuesday, 17th November 2020, 12:22 pm

The Gunners skipper took to social media to express his frustration at the Gabon squad experiencing lengthy delays at Banjul International Airport in The Gambia.

Aubameyang was in the country for an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Bakau on Monday afternoon.

The Gunners star striker posted on social media at 4:37am on Monday morning that the team - who were seen sleeping on the floor and in chairs - were still waiting at the airport around six hours after arriving.

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The Gabon delegation were told they had to stay put due to an “administrative problem” and were eventually allowed to depart after Government intervention, according to Reuters.

Leeds United fans will be hoping the Whites will be able to take advantage of any fatigue in the Arsenal team, who have also been playing midweek in the UEFA Europa League.

The Londoners have lost three of their past four games.

The Gunners have scored just nine goals in their opening eight games and Aubameyang has been singled out for criticism, having netted only twice.

Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (photo: Andy Rain / PA Wire).

He tweeted about his annoyance earlier this week: “It will not demotivate us but people need to know and especially that the @CAF_Online take these responsibilities.

“2020 and we want Africa to grow, that's not how we're going to get there !!!.”

Aubameyang sent tweets to the official account of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the first reading: “Great night at the airport.”

He later added: “Just want to know why Gambia keep our passports for Hours and they keep us at the Airport are we hostage or what ? are you gonna close your eyes ? Want to see the Next Episode of this Film.”

Aubameyang tweeted at 6am that the Gabon team had boarded their bus from the airport, just 10 hours before the game is due to get under way.

“Finally in the bus, see you later,” he said, before adding: “Thanks for the extra motivation Gambia.”

Leeds United take on Arsenal at Elland Road on Sunday, with kick-off at 4.30pm.