Mikel Arteta has stripped Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of the Arsenal captaincy. In his recent press conference, Arteta said he informed Aubameyang of the decision privately, in a facial conversation.
The decision comes after Aubameyang returned late from a club-sanctioned personal
trip to bring his ailing mother back from France, which caused a problem with COVID-testing and
clearance to train. Aubameyang remains suspended for Wednesday’s match against West Ham United.
The Arsenal Manager has this to say, “I don’t have much more to say as it’s a really clear statement from the club. It’s a
decision we made following the latest incide we had with the player. As you can imagine, when we make that decision it’s because it’s the
right one to defend the interests of the football club.”
When pressed about Aubameyang’s status going forward, when he might return to the squad, and
whether he might be sold in January, Arteta did not answer, saying that he would not discuss the details of private conversations. He also repeatedly emphasized that it was a difficult decision and that for now Aubameyang is not involved in the squad. Arteta specifically mentioned that in the Southampton match both
Alexandre Lacazette and Granit Xhaka wore the armband. Rob Holding has also worn it at points
Arsenal club captains since Vieira include Thierry Henry 2005-2007, William Gallas 2007-2008, Cesc Fàbregas 2008-2011, Robin van Persie 2011-2012, Thomas Vermaelen 2012 -2014, Mikel Arteta 2014-2016, Per Mertesacker 2016-2018, Laurent Koscielny 2018-2019, Granit Xhaka 2019, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 2019-2021. I can say right now that we have made this decision.
Unfortunately it’s a really tough one and obviously if I had to choose I would not like to be
sitting here talking about it but we had to do it. But for now, he is not involved in the squad,” Arteta added. Mikel Arteta’s side won 2-0 yesterday at home to West Ham United and move to Fourth on the log waiting for other teams to play their matches.