Arsenal have stripped Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of his captaincy ahead of their clash with West Ham United on Wednesday evening.
The Gabon striker missed the Gunners’ win over Southampton on Saturday afternoon after Mikel Arteta confirmed there was a “disciplinary breach” from the forward.
Arsenal have now released a statement, where they also confirmed Aubameyang will not be considered for selection for their clash with the Hammers on Wednesday.
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.”
football.london understands that there are a number of candidates to take over from Aubameyang, including Martin Odegaard, Alexandre Lacazette, Ben White and Kieran Tierney.
The news may not come as a shock to some, including Paul Merson, who said on Tuesday that he would have done the same thing as what Arsenal have now announced.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Merson said: “This is not the first time this has happened with Aubameyang.
“He turned up late for a meeting before and got left out of the side to face Tottenham. He’s the example. There are a lot of young players in that team who will look up to him.
“He wouldn’t be the captain if I was manager. Absolutely no chance. Once, yes. Twice, no. It’s an honour to be captain of Arsenal and for me, something’s got to change now.”
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The Gunners will now have to choose a new club captain, with a number of contenders for Arteta to pick from.
Arsenal will be looking to secure back-to-back wins as they face West Ham on Wednesday night.