Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has made his first comments after losing the Arsenal captaincy.
The striker has paid the ultimate price for breaching club protocol for the second time this calendar year as it was announced at the beginning of the week that he would no longer wear the armband.
“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 via Arsenal’s official page read.
“We expect all our players, particularly our captain, to work to the rules and standards we have all set and agreed.”
Since the announcement, Aubameyang was not considered by Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta for selection against West Ham United or Leeds United and hasn’t yet revealed if and when the 32-year-old will be back in contention.
As a result, the striker has been training separately from the first-team and had been keeping a rather low profile on social media.
Well, the latter was up until after Arsenal’s 4-1 win over Leeds United on Saturday evening.
Spotted by some eagle-eyed Gunners supporters on Reddit, the Gabon international was one of several players to respond to Gabriel Martinelli ‘s post as he broke his silence with a one-word message.
“Gabinho,” he wrote on Instagram.
Despite being forced to watch from afar, it’s clear Aubameyang still wants what is best for the club and his teammates.
Furthermore, ‘Gabinho’ just might be Martinelli’s new nickname especially with the 20-year-old in fine form at the moment.
Since coming off the bench against Newcastle United last month, the Brazilian is showing signs of becoming one of Arteta’s undroppables as he’s now started each of the last five games in succession.