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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stripped of Arsenal captaincy, dropped for West Ham clash

Arsenal have confirmed that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been stripped of captaincy following his disciplinary breach before the Southampton game last weekend.

The Gabon international has experienced another tough Premier League campaign with the Gunners, bagging just four goals from 14 appearances thus far.

He was recently axed from the matchday squad against the Saints after arriving late in the English capital following a short trip to France for personal reasons.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta decided to dodge questions on Aubameyang in the post-match press conference. It is now confirmed that he will no longer be captain.

The north London giants have revealed the decision via an official statement while confirming that the 32-year-old won’t be selected against West Ham United tomorrow.

The statement read: “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.”

Aubameyang’s current deal with the club expires in just over 18 months. There could be serious question marks over his future after being stripped of captaincy.

It has recently been reported by El Nacional that the £22.5m-rated star would not hesitate to join Barcelona if the Catalan giants make an approach at the turn of the year.

The Gunners’ hierarchy could be tempted to cash in if he continues to be ignored by Arteta. His exit could force the club to enter the transfer market for a new striker.

Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic was heavily linked with them recently, but he does not appear in Arteta’s plans. The Spaniard prefers a more versatile option up front.

Stats from Transfermarkt.com

Read: Predicted Arsenal line-up (4-2-3-1) vs West Ham United.

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