Why Arsenal’s Aubameyang was stripped of captain’s armband by Mikel Arteta


Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta has taken a robust and decisive measure by removing striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from the club captaincy after his ‘newest disciplinary breach.’

The membership introduced the choice on Dec. 14, with the breach cited as the rationale for the choice. The Gabon worldwide was beforehand dropped by Arteta for a Premier League meeting with Southampton (Dec. 11) after which once more towards West Ham (Dec. 15). His third match out of the squad might be Dec. 18 at Leeds.

“He’s not available for the Leeds game, and this is the situation right now,” Arteta advised media.

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It stays to be seen when the 32-year-old striker will determine once more. Based on the newest reviews he will not even be coaching with the remaining of the crew any time quickly.

What occurred with Aubameyang?

The membership had been extremely obscure over the previous week in its public dealing with of the matter, failing to specify particulars of the incident past a ‘disciplinary breach.’ 

Multiple reviews later indicated that Aubameyang was given permission to return residence to France for a one-day journey, however he was requested to be residence the identical evening so he could possibly be again in time for a morning coaching session.

According to the reviews, Aubameyang did not return residence on the time the membership requested, and the scenario was exacerbated additional by native COVID-19 journey necessities, inflicting Aubameyang to overlook the coaching session.

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Given the wording within the membership’s official assertion, it appears clear that this one incident alone didn’t set off the disciplinary motion, however as a substitute it was resulting from repeated violations.

“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,” read the statement on Arsenal’s official website

“We expect all our players, particularly our captain, to work to the rules and standards we have all set and agreed.”

The Aubameyang scenario at Arsenal

Aubameyang has now been knowledgeable that he’ll now not be requested to guide the Gunners as captain, with that accountability set to be handed to another person. He had been entrusted with captaincy duties again in November 2019 by then-head coach Unai Emery.

Fellow frontman Alexandre Lacazette captained Arsenal of their victory over Southampton (Dec. 11), however his future stays unclear because the Frenchman is but to signal a brand new contract on the membership. With there being a quantity of elements to mull over, Arteta won’t be dashing into appointing a everlasting successor to Aubameyang.

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The Spaniard has mentioned on that call:

“Well, we have the leadership group and we think that we have different players that are nominated to be captain in the last game it was Laca and we have Granit as well who has been captain so we will follow that. Obviously, it is a really unpleasant situation and it is not the moment to make any rash decision.”

He added on the response of his dressing room to the choice on Aubameyang: “They accepted the decision and I think they know because they have committed to it and they have demanded that we want to take our culture, our demands and who do we want to be as a club and how do we want to represent this football club to a different level. And when those standards are not met, you know that you cannot participate in our daily basics.”

Aubameyang’s historical past of self-discipline points

The Gabon worldwide joined Arsenal in January 2018 from German membership Borussia Dortmund for a switch charge reported to be value over $70 million. 

Just earlier than his switch to Arsenal, Aubameyang was suspended and fined by Dortmund for lacking a crew assembly after coaching. Some speculated that he did it to assist power a switch, which later materialized.

“It was an important meeting,” then-Dortmund coach Peter Stoger mentioned. “If he does not want to be part of that, another player will be get his chance. He briefly said that he forgot it, but we all know that’s not the case.”

It wasn’t Aubameyang’s first transgression at Dortmund. He was additionally reportedly suspended in November 2016 after taking a visit to Milan with out approval from then-coach Thomas Tuchel, and in November 2018 German outlet Bild reported that he was late for coaching on multiple event.

Arteta, who took over Arsenal on December 2019, beforehand dropped Aubameyang from the starting lineup in March 2021 for a derby match towards Tottenahm after what the membership referred to as a “breach of prematch protocol,” however which ESPN reported to be a late arrival for the match that very same day. 

Just a month earlier than that, in February 2021, the membership was pressured to research a possible breach of COVID-19 protocols by Aubameyang after footage appeared on social media of the ahead getting a brand new tattoo. There was no phrase on the fallout from the story, although the coach defined on the time that the difficulty was to be dealt with internally.

Aubameyang’s 2021-22 season for Arsenal to date

After a hat trick within the Carabao Cup in August, Aubameyang went on a run of 4 targets in six Premier League matches, main many to consider that he may be turning a nook and returning to the shape that noticed him rating 29 targets in all competitors within the 2019-20 season.

But Aubameyang hasn’t loved the very best stretch of matches not too long ago — 5 Premier League begins with no objective — and Arteta left him out of the beginning lineup within the 2-1 loss to Everton on Dec. 6 (he got here off the bench for 5 minutes).

The Arsenal supervisor was pressured to reply questions on his relationship with Aubameyang within the lead-up to the Dec. 11 match towards Southampton.

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“I have a very good relationship with my players. I always do the best for the club and the team. The decision is not personal, the decision is just performance and to get the best out of the team,” Arteta mentioned.

In September 2020 Aubameyang signed a contract extension with Arsenal that ties him to the membership by way of June 2023 when he’ll flip 34. 

“We have by no means mentioned one thing like this,” Arteta said when asked about a potential transfer. “When gamers are having problem, what we now have to provide is assist.”

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