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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was subbed after Arsenal star suffered ‘stomach’ issues… and rushed to dressing room toilet

PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG was subbed against Newcastle because he had 'stomach issues', according to Mikel Arteta.

Arsenal's mis-firing striker had finally got his name on the scoresheet against the Magpies with a brace and fans were stunned to see him rush down the tunnel when he was on a hat-trick.

Willian came on to replace the Gabonese on 79 minutes - just two minutes after he scored his second at the Emirates on Monday night.

But Arteta revealed afterwards he was forced into the change.

Asked by reporters why he took the 31-year-old off, the Spaniard smirked and simply said: "Stomach issue."

Gunners fans online were quick to poke fun at the reason although not many knew what was going on at the time.

Alongside a laughing emoji, one user moaned: "Aubameyang on for a hat-trick and he gets subbed for Willian."

But once the real reason became clear, may supporters found it hilarious.

One tweeted a video of Gary Lineker when he pooed himself on the pitch at Italia '90.

Another chimed in with a 'MAKE IT STOP' meme from the movie Bridesmaids.

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And Sauceroz quipped: "It's been so long since he's bagged two in a game his body didn't know how to react."

Aubameyang was rated man-of-the-match by SunSport's reporter on Wednesday.

And Jordan Davies believes his scuffed opening goal could be the spark that ignites Arsenal's season.

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Arteta says he is proud of Arsenal's performance collectively and individually after their 3-0 victory over Newcastle

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