Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stripped of the Arsenal captaincy
News broke on Tuesday morning that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had been stripped of the Arsenal captaincy after a disciplinary breach committed last week, that saw him left out of his side’s 3-0 win over Southampton.
Arteta: “What I can say right now is that we have made this decision which unfortunately is a tough one. If I had to choose I wouldn’t like to be sitting here talking about that. The next one is that he’s not involved in the squad.”https://t.co/73TvZMZN9H
— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) December 14, 2021
A club 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.
Speaking in a press conference, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta failed to elaborate further on the situation, which has seen Aubameyang become the second consecutive captain to be stripped of the role in north London, after Granit Xhaka in 2019.
And now, there are serious questions about his future in north London, after Arteta refused to deny that he had played his last game under his stewarship.
Will Barcelona offer him a way out?
Barca hatch a plan
Now, as per the Independent, Barcelona are looking to make a move for the Gabon star in January, as they look to address their lack of forwards in the wake of knee injury to Martin Braithwaite and Sergio Aguero’s premature retirement due to health problems.
Barcelona need a striker this January and both Aubameyang and Cavani are on their list.
Auba’s latest influences the situation a bithttps://t.co/gYwRt2G2wN
— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) December 14, 2021
However, the Catalan club are desperately low on funds at present, and therefore have to be creative in the transfer market. And, as per the Independent, they are ready to do just that, and are plotting to offer a swap deal involving soon-to-be out-of-contract Ousmane Dembele and the former Arsenal skipper.
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