Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will no longer wear an armband and will not be considered for a pick against West Ham following his last disciplinary offense.
What was said about Aubameyang?
The Gunners’ forward has been stripped of his captaincy duties at Arsenal, the Gunners announced, citing violation of club discipline as the reason for the decision. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was kicked back by Arteta for the Premier League meeting with Southampton last time he missed the final pre-game practice. It is unclear when the Gabon player will play again, with the North Londoners confirming that he will not be considered for qualifying against West Ham on December 15.
A statement on Arsenal’s official website states that following his last disciplinary break last week, Aubameyang will no longer captain their club and will not be considered for qualification for Wednesday’s match against West Ham United. They expect all of their players, especially their captain, to perform according to the rules and standards that they have all set and agreed upon. They are completely focused on tomorrow’s match.
What did Arteta say?
Pierre-Emerick was now informed that he would no longer be asked to withdraw the gunners again, and that responsibility would pass to someone else. The verified scorer was appointed by the captaincy back in November 19 after seeing the armband taken from Swiss midfielder Xhaka on his back in a public attack against disaffected supporters. Frontman Lacazette’s colleague skipped Arsenal in their win over Southampton, but his future remains unclear as the Frenchman has yet to sign a new deal at the club.
With a number of factors to overcome, Mikel Arteta will be slow to appoint a permanent successor to Pierre-Emerick. Arteta said on this decision that they have a leadership group and they think they have different players who are nominated to be captain in the last game, it was Laca and they have Xhaka who was captain, so they will follow this. Obviously, this is a really unpleasant situation, and now is not the time to make any ill-considered decision.
This leadership group is really strong, it is one that communicates with itself and the coaching staff and then with the club in a really clear and strong way. According to Mikel Arteta they will continue like this and this is one of the decisions they made to make this group a little better and try to educate them and try to get the right feedback all the time and build that trust and a strong culture around the club. It works really well, so they will continue to do so.
Mikel Arteta added about their dressing room reaction to the decision by Pierre-Emerick that they made this decision and Arteta think they know because they are committed to it and they demanded that they want to take their culture, their demands and who they are want to be like a club and how they want to represent this football club on a different level, and when these standards are not met, they know they cannot participate in their day to day fundamentals.