Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been removed from being Arsenal’s captain following a breach of discipline according to the club.
It became a course of concern over the weekend when Arsenal Manager Mikel Arteta left out the name of the captain of the side, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from the squad that hosted Southampton on Saturday afternoon.
“Following his latest disciplinary breach last week, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will no longer be our club captain, and will not be considered for selection for Wednesday’s match against West Ham United.
We expect all our players, particularly our captain, to work to the rules and standards we have all set and agreed.
We are fully focused on tomorrow’s match.”
Club official statement
Aubameyang has struggled to find his feet in the squad ever since he penned a contract extension last season and he has failed to find the back of the net in his last five games for the Gunners.
Speaking before the game, the Spaniard boss told newsmen: “Unfortunately due to a disciplinary breach. I think we have been very consistent that we have certain non-negotiables in the team that we have set ourselves as a club, and he’s not involved today.”
And now more have emerged over the Gabon international’s absence.
The Athletic claim Aubameyang was given permission to fly abroad for personal reasons but returned later than agreed and due to Covid-19 protocols, he missed training on Friday.
The Southampton game was the second time in a row a fit Aubameyang won’t be starting and the bringing on of Eddie Nketiah in place of Lacazette in their 2-1 loss to Everton last Monday while Auba was on the bench really shows how deteriorated the relationship has been between the gabonese and his manager.
Striker partner Alexandre Lacazette started in his place twice in a row and netted Arsenal’s first of three in their 3-0 thrashing of Southampton at the Emirates.
Arteta will look to consolidate on this victory when they face top 4 chasers Westham United led by David Moyes, a side boasting of wins against Liverpool and Cheslea in the past one month.