Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been stripped of the Arsenal captaincy by Mikel Arteta, after missing the club’s game against Southampton last weekend.
Aubameyang was left out of the squad on Saturday, as Arteta’s side beat the Saints 3-0, with the manager explaining it was for ‘disciplinary reasons.’
The Athletic reported on Saturday evening that Aubameyang failed to return to England at an agreed time having been given permission to fetch his mother from France in the aftermath of the defeat to Everton.
Guilty of a similar infraction in March – traffic jam-related tardiness in advance of the north London derby – it appears Arteta has decided enough is enough and will select another leader.
A statement on Arsenal’s official website reads: “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.”
We’re also keen to see how Aubameyang reacts. He doesn’t have much of a chance to get back in the good books before disappearing to the AFCON later this month