Mikel Arteta says Arsenal captain must have ‘commitment’ after taking the armband from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang


Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta claim that no player is bigger than the club after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was sacked as captain after “violating discipline”.

The striker was ruled out ahead of Saturday’s win over Southampton and was also ruled out of West Ham’s visit on Wednesday night.

Arsenal statement confirms the decision said the club expect “all of our players, especially our captain, to work according to the rules and standards that we have set and agreed to”.

Aubameyang was disciplined after allegedly returning late from a trip abroad to visit his sick mother.

This is not the first offense for Aubameyang, having previously been brought off the bench in March’s north London derby against Tottenham following what was described as a breach of his pre-match protocol. club.

Arteta admits it has been a difficult experience playing against Aubameyang, whose brace won the 2020 FA Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley.

The Spaniard knows all too well what is expected of an Arsenal captain, having worn the armband as a player from 2014 to 2016 under Arsene Wenger.

Mikel Arteta, center, lifts the FA Cup as Arsenal captain (Nick Potts/PA)

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“The decision we have taken as a club has been very clear – it is because we believe he has not committed to the level that we all expected and agree, as simple as that,” said Arteta.

“What I would expect from any person in this football club, representing this badge, is passion and that he gives 100%, that he puts the club before all interests. personal and can do anything to complete the badge we have on our chest.

“Also, you can listen to individuals and you can understand different cultures, but the commitment and passion has to be there. Unfortunately, it’s not.

“I am here to make the right decisions every day and to defend the club, to be consistent in something we want to do, on and off the pitch. We have to be consistent in our decision making. ”

Despite the need to put the club’s collective interests first, Arteta feels “really sad” at the way things have turned out for Aubameyang, who is already such an influential figure and has signed a contract. extended his lucrative contract in September 2020.

“I don’t want to be in this position – not with him, but with any player who makes this kind of decision,” said Arteta.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (left) helps Arsenal reach the 2020 FA Cup final at Wembley (Catherine Ivill/PA)

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“Because in the end the fulfillment of a coach is when you are trying to help a player become a better person, to be happy to be fulfilled as a player and to enjoy on the pitch. grass and present with that decision Auba does not. will be able to do that. To me it’s just sadness.”

Arteta has yet to decide who will be his next permanent captain, and Alexandre Lacazette is likely to wear the armband again as he did with Southampton.

Midfielder Granit Xhaka was replaced as captain by Aubameyang in November 2019 under then-head coach Unai Emery, was in the senior leadership group, with defenders Kieran Tierney and Gabriel, others with can participate.

Arteta feels Arsenal have “come a long way” and displayed a sense of solidarity on the pitch but still a work in progress.

“It’s not there yet, and we’ve had another incident that reflects we’re not there yet,” he said.

“But that’s why light rain – to get really wet you need [it] everyday.” Mikel Arteta says Arsenal captain must have ‘commitment’ after taking the armband from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang


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