Arsenal have made an official announcement that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been stripped of his role as captain of the London club.
Asides from being stripped as captain, the striker has also dropped out of the matchday squad for the mid-week London derby against West Ham.
Before this latest development, Aubameyang was dropped for Saturday’s Premier League 3-0 win over Southampton for what manager Mikel Arteta said was a “disciplinary breach”.
He reportedly returned late from a trip abroad.
On Tuesday morning, the club confirmed Gabon forward Aubameyang would no longer wear the captain’s armband and also miss out against the Hammers.
“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,” a statement from Arsenal read.
“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.”
Alexandre Lacazette captained the Gunners against Southampton and opened the scoring in the 21st minute.
Speaking ahead of the match in an interview shared on the club’s Twitter feed, Arteta said: “Unfortunately (it is) due to a disciplinary breach.
“We’ve been very consistent, no negotiables on what we set ourselves as a club and he’s not involved today.”
Afterwards, Arteta did not add further details but is expected to face further questions at a press conference on Tuesday ahead of the West Ham game.
Aubameyang has had a catalogue of breaches including being benched for March’s North-London derby against Tottenham after he ran afoul of the club’s pre-match protocol.
Aubameyang follows Granit Xhaka and William Gallas as players being stripped of the Arsenal captaincy in the last decade and a half.
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