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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stripped of Arsenal captaincy

Arsenal stripped Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of the club captaincy for a disciplinary violation.

Aubameyang was left out of the team at the weekend as Arsenal beat Southampton 3-0 at the Emirates, and he will not be considered for Wednesday night’s game against West Ham.

The dispute between the club and the 32-year-old Gabon international revolves around a trip to France last week to visit his mother and his inability to return to the UK at the time required by the club.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will not be solicited on the matter after the win over Southampton, simply pointing to his pre-match comments that made the captain’s absence seen as ” breach of discipline”.

This is not the first time Aubameyang has been disciplined by the club. In March, he arrived at Emirates Stadium late for the north London derby due to traffic jams, and he was put on the bench by Arteta. The manager said at the time: “We draw a line below it and move on.”

In a brief, blunt statement on Tuesday morning, the club said: “Following his latest disciplinary breach last week, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will no longer be our club captain. me, and will not be considered for the match against West Ham United on Wednesday.

“We expect all of our players, especially our captain, to work by the rules and standards that we have set and agreed to. We are fully focused on tomorrow’s match.”

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