Aubameyang was not in Arsenal’s squad to face Southampton due to his breach of discipline. “We expect all of our players, and in particular our captain, to act according to the rules and standards that we have all set and agreed to,” the club said. Arsenal meet West Ham on Wednesday, and the striker will not participate
Arsenal stripped Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of the club’s captaincy after a disciplinary offense last week.
Aubameyang was left out of the squad for Saturday’s game against Southampton, and Arsenal confirmed their decision to keep the striker out of the squad on Tuesday.
The club also said that Aubameyang will not be available for selection against West Ham on Wednesday
“We expect all of our players, especially our captain, to act in accordance with the rules and standards that we have all set and agreed to,” the club said in a statement.
“We are completely focused on tomorrow’s match.”
Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta said the “painful” decision was made “to defend the interests of the football club”.
The Spaniard confirmed that he and senior club officials held face-to-face talks with Aubameyang to inform him of their decision.
“I think it’s a really clear statement from the club,” Arteta said during a pre-match press conference on Tuesday. “It’s a decision we made in the wake of the last incident we had with the player and that’s where we stand.
“When we have to make that decision, it is clear that it is because it is the right decision to defend the interests of the football club.
“It was a lot to digest and it was a really difficult decision, so we need some time.
“The decision we made is because it was really painful and still is and needs a little time to recover, so at the moment, again, he’s not on the team.”
Arteta indicated that there would be no rush to appoint a permanent replacement for Aubameyang as captain, as members of the club’s “leading group” are set to share responsibility in the coming weeks.
Alexandre Lacazette, who carried the badge on Saturday’s win over Southampton, and former captain Granit Xhaka are both well-known members of the leadership group, whose other current members Arteta was unwilling to confirm this.
“It’s a really unpleasant situation and it’s not the time to make any rash decisions,” Arteta said.
“The leadership group is really strong. It’s a group that communicates with myself, the coaching staff and the club in a really strong way, and we will continue to do so.”
Sky Sports’ Paul Merson in his latest column:
That wouldn’t be a problem for Aubameyang because he’s got an incredible contract at the club.
However, it is a big problem for Arsenal. Who will take it on these wages? Absolutely no one in the whole world. And there’s his age, too. If he was 27, they would line up near him, but not now at 32.
This is not the first time this has happened with Aubameyang.
He attended a late date before and was left out from the side to face Spurs. It is the example. There are a lot of young players in this team that they will look forward to.
I didn’t really understand it in the first place if I’m being honest. But he shows you that he is a role model, and that the little ones look up to him. That’s why he was appointed captain.
If you are the manager, of course you will be disappointed. He has been named captain of Arsenal Football Club. It’s a big thing and not just an ordinary thing. And with all the promising young kids in the club, he has to set an example.
William Gallas, Robin van Persie, Laurent Koscielny – among others – and now Aubameyang …
Emery appointed Aubameyang as Arsenal’s new captain after Granit Xhaka’s captaincy was stripped and Arteta decided to stay with the striker after taking charge of the team a few weeks later.
The decision seemed to pay off at first, as Aubameyang led Arsenal to glory in the FA Cup in August 2020 and scored his 28th and 29th goals this season in the final, but his form waned after he signed a new long-term contract a few weeks later. which – which.
The 32-year-old scored just 15 goals last season, his lowest since the 2010/11 season, and if his form wasn’t enough to worry about, disciplinary issues are starting to emerge as well. Aubameyang kept the captaincy after his reckless act against Tottenham last season, but that proved to be a breach too far.
The curse of the Arsenal captain continues.
Who is next for Arsenal?
Nick Wright from Sky Sports:
It’s a bold decision by Mikel Arteta to remove Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from the captaincy – especially since there are few clear candidates in the squad to take charge.
Granit Xhaka is a favorite of the Spaniards and is widely seen as a captain in the dressing room, but it would be highly controversial to return the armband to a player who was stripped under Unai Emery before Aubameyang takes over.
If Xhaka’s tumultuous relationship with his fan base rules him out, who else?
Arteta has repeatedly spoken of the need for Arsenal’s top players to lead by example, but Alexandre Lacazette will have his contract expired at the end of the season, while Thomas Partey, despite his experience, may be better off focusing on finding the shape.
Perhaps Kieran Tierney, who was described as a “natural captain” and a potential future captain earlier this year, but the left-back, still only 24, would be ready for an armband now that he’s been in and out of the squad this season?
Tierney has been at the club longer than others of about the same age, but another option for Arteta is to give him one of his summer signings. He has repeatedly spoken of Aaron Ramsdale’s leadership qualities, and has also been a compliment to Ben White and Martin Odegaard. Gabriel Magalhaes, who arrived a year ago, may be another option.
If he fails, he could reverse what his mentor Arsene Wenger did when he gave the captain to 21-year-old Cesc Fabregas, handing the armband to someone like Bukayo Saka. This, however, is a largely external possibility.