Arsenal confirmed their decision to remove Aubameyang as captain on Tuesday, after the forward was left out of the team for Saturday’s encounter against Southampton.
Aubameyang will also be unavailable for Wednesday’s match against West Ham, according to the club.
“We expect all of our players, including our captain, to follow the norms and standards that we have all established and agreed upon,” the club stated in a statement.
During his pre-match press conference on Tuesday, Arteta remarked, “I think it’s a fairly obvious signal from the club.” “It’s a choice we’ve made in the aftermath of the recent incident with the player, and this is where we stand.”
“When we have to make that decision, it is certainly because it is the best option for defending the football club’s interests.
“We need some time to process everything since it’s been a lot to take in and a really difficult decision to make.
“We took the decision we did because it was really hurting, and it’s still suffering, and it needs a little bit of time to heal, so he’s not in the squad for now.”
Arteta hinted that there would be no rush to name a permanent replacement for Aubameyang as captain, with members of the club’s “leadership group” expected to share the role in the coming weeks.
Former club captain Granit Xhaka and Alexandre Lacazette, who assumed the armband for Saturday’s win over Southampton, are both known members of the leadership group, whose other current members Arteta was unable to reveal.
“It’s a pretty uncomfortable circumstance,” Arteta added, “and now is not the time to make any rash judgments.”
“The leadership team is really capable. It’s one that communicates well with myself, the coaching staff, and the club, and we’re going to keep doing so.”
This will not be an issue for Aubameyang, who has a fantastic contract with the club.
Arsenal, on the other hand, has a serious issue. Who will hire him for those wages? There isn’t a single person on the planet who hasn’t heard about this. He’s also a certain age. They’d be lining up around the corner for him if he were 27 years old, but not now, at 32.
This isn’t the first time Aubameyang has been involved in an incident like this.
He was left out of the side to face Tottenham after arriving late for a meeting. He serves as an example. He will be looked up to by several of the team’s younger players.
If I’m being honest, I didn’t really get it in the first place. However, it does demonstrate that he leads by example and that the younger generation looks up to him. He was promoted to captain as a result of this.
Of course, if you’re the boss, you’d be disappointed. Arsenal Football Club has named him captain. It’s a significant event, not a little occurrence. He also needs to set an example for all of the promising young kids at the club.
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After taking the armband away from Granit Xhaka, Emery appointed Aubameyang as Arsenal’s new captain, and Arteta decided to stick with the striker after taking over as manager a few weeks later.
After leading Arsenal to FA Cup triumph in August 2020 and scoring his 28th and 29th goals of the season in the final, Aubameyang’s form slipped after signing a new long-term contract a few weeks later.
Last season, the 32-year-old scored only 15 goals, his lowest total since the 2010/11 season, and if his form wasn’t bad enough, disciplinary troubles began to surface. After his indiscretion against Tottenham last season, Aubameyang kept the armband, but this was a step too far.
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