Mikel Arteta Reveals Arsenal’s Next Captain After Removal Of Pierre Emerick Aubameyang

Mikel Arteta has opened up on his plans for the armband at the Emirates after the Gabon international was stripped of his role.

Mikel Arteta has revealed Arsenal’s plan to succeed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as captain of Arsenal.

The 32-year-old was granted permission to go to France to be with his unwell mother last week, but returned later than expected, and was left out of Saturday’s 3-0 win over Southampton as a result.

This is not the first time the Gabonese forward has been guilty of a disciplinary breach after he missed last season’s North London Derby win over Tottenham due to persistent incidents of lateness and the decision was taken on Tuesday to strip him of the captaincy.

And speaking in his press conference ahead of the Gunners’ Premier League clash with West Ham on Wednesday night, Arteta has revealed how he plans to replace Aubameyang in the role.

“Well, we have the leadership group, and we think that we have different players that are nominated to be captain,” said the Spaniard.

“In the last game it was Laca, we have Granit who has been captain as well. We will follow that.

“Obviously it’s a really unpleasant situation and it’s not the moment to make any rash decisions.

“That leadership group is really strong. It’s the one that communicates with myself and the coaching staff and with the club in a really clear and strong way. We’re gonna continue like that.” He added.