‘Fans will go through walls to wear Arsenal jerseys’

JOE COLE has supported Mikel Arteta’s decision to strip Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of the Arsenal captaincy.

The striker has been stripped of the captaincy after his latest disciplinary infraction, prompting him to return late from France to his mother.

Arteta sets rules for his youth team by stripping Aubameyang of the captaincy


Arteta sets rules for his youth team by stripping Aubameyang of the captaincyCredit: GET SMALL IMAGE
The striker is said to have returned late from France


The striker is said to have returned late from FranceCredit: PA
Cole supported Arteta's decision


Cole supported Arteta’s decisionCredit: GET SMALL IMAGE

And Premier League icon Cole agrees with ArtetaDecided to set an example for his youth team.

Cole told BT Sport: “I think it’s a brave decision but I think it’s the right one.

“This is not the first incident and when I look at (Patrick) Vieira, (Tony) Adams, etc., they have problems, well documented, but they are leaders.

“I never felt comfortable with Aubameyang on that leadership team.

“There’s a lot of people in this stadium that want to go through the walls to wear that Arsenal shirt. I think it’s sacrifice for the players to be late, I really do.”

Arsenal did well on Wednesday without Aubameyang when they comfortably beat an injured person West Ham 2-0 at Emirates.


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The Gunners overcame The Hammers to take fourth place thanks to goals from Gabriel Martinelli and Emile Smith Rowe.

And reserve captain Alexandre Lacazette was praised by his boss after the game for his selfless display.

Arteta said: “Alexandre is next and he is going the way everyone has seen, with such pride and commitment.

“I’m really pleased with the way he plays. Absolutely he has the armband, but Laca is always like that in the dressing room.

“You see the way he acts with young players, his willingness to help. It’s his nature, he’s not a selfish player, he’s happy to make the rest well. than.”

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