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The Gunners enjoyed a plush dinner at a Mayfair restaurant hours after they squandered a two-goal lead against Watford on Sunday
Arsenal manager Unai Emery sent his under-fire players on a team-bonding night out in London hours after their woeful display against Watford on Sunday.
The Gunners squandered a two-goal half-time lead at Vicarage Road as defensive errors again cost Emery’s side and were lucky to leave Hertfordshire with a 2-2 draw as the Hornets had 31 shots on goal during the game.
Despite their second-half capitulation, it has been claimed by the Daily Mail that the north Londoners enjoyed dinner at plush Mayfair restaurant Novikov.
Emery is believed to have given the squad permission to hit the town as the Spaniard is keen to unite his first-team players and create a greater team spirit within the club.
The former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain boss gave the squad the day off on Monday and some players used that to their advantage by venturing out following dinner at Novikov.
Among the partying stars was Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was spotted leaving London’s Libertine nightclub at 3am.
Wearing an all-black outfit, including ripped jeans, a leather jacket and cap plus wearing several chains and rings, he was assisted by security as he left the venue.
Described as a “glam and sexy” nightspot, Libertine is frequented by many sporting celebrities and was Aubameyang’s destination of choice after a disappointing afternoon.
The striker’s brace looked to have the visitors cruising only for Sokratis Papastathopoulos to gift possession to Watford inside his own box and allow Tom Cleverley to strike.
David Luiz then tripped substitute Roberto Pereyra to concede a penalty, which the Argentina international coolly tucked away as Watford collected just their second point of the season.
The second-half collapse left Aubameyang furious as he told Canal Plus immediately after the game he feels like they are “literally giving goals to the opposition”.
“Obviously we didn’t expect that [the comeback],” the he told Canal Plus .
“We knew that they were going to try and come back with good intentions, of the kind they demonstrated in the second half.
“Sadly, we were not able to deal with them well. I feel like we are literally giving goals to the opposition, it is up to us to progress in that respect.”