Premier League club Arsenal released a statement this afternoon announcing that Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is no longer the club’s captain.
Aubameyang has been stripped off his captaincy due to a disciplinary breach and he will not be available for selection to face West Ham.
The former Borrusia Dortmund man missed Arsenal’s last game against West Ham due to th “disciplinary breach” as according to reports, he had flown to France without the club’s permission and didn’t return until a day before the game against Southampton.
This is the second time Arsenal are stripping a player off the captaincy in recent times as Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka was stripped off the captaincy before Aubameyang got the arm band a couple of seasons ago.
Arsenal’s latest move to take the captaincy off Aubameyang may further accelerate his exit from the club as he’s been strongly linked with a move to Barcelona.
The 32-year old striker’s contract expires at the end of next season and it’s almost very obvious Arsenal won’t be offering an extension. Hence it’s very unlikely that Aubameyang will remain at the club just like Xhaka did and with Barca desperately in search of a forward, his exit could even be as early as January.