Lacazette celebrates goal with ‘14’ tribute to Arsenal pal Aubameyang as striker misses game due to 'personal reasons'

ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE paid tribute to friend and team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on Tuesday night.

Arsenal captain Aubameyang, 31, missed the game at Southampton on the south coast due to personal reasons.

And after killing the game off with Arsenal's third goal of the game, Lacazette paid tribute to his fellow forward with his choice of celebration.

The French striker, 29, raised one finger on his right hand and four on his left, signifying '14' – Aubameyang's shirt number.

The Gabon ace had initially travelled to St Mary's for Saturday's FA Cup tie, also against Southampton, before heading back to London.

No further details have been disclosed over the private matter.

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And boss Mikel Arteta revealed he's unsure how long Aubameyang will be out.

On Saturday, when asked when his skipper will return, Arteta said: "I don't know.

"He needs to address that issue, we'll see how it evolves."

Arteta dedicated the 3-1 Premier League win over Saints to Aubameyang.

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Speaking on Tuesday night, the Gunners boss said: "He's having a difficult time.

"This win is for him."

Arsenal had got off to the worst possible start on Tuesday night – having already lost the FA Cup fourth round game 1-0.

Stuart Armstrong gave the hosts the lead after just three minutes.

But Nicolas Pepe scored a rare goal just five minutes later to get the visitors back on level terms.

Bukayo Saka scored shortly before half-time to change the complexion of the game.

And Lacazette netted with just ten minutes to play to ensure Arsenal's recent hot run of form in the league continued.

The Gunners' next game will be at home to high-flying Manchester United on Saturday, with kick-off 5.30pm.

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