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Aubameyang stripped of Arsenal captaincy, dropped for recreation


LONDON — Arsenal stripped Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of the captaincy on Tuesday after one other disciplinary breach, saying the striker hadn’t labored “to the foundations and requirements” set by the membership.

Aubameyang, the membership’s highest-paid participant, was additionally informed he wouldn’t be thought of for choice for the English Premier League recreation in opposition to West Ham on Wednesday.

The Gabon striker was not noted for the sport in opposition to Southampton on Saturday due to what supervisor Mikel Arteta described as a “disciplinary breach.” Aubameyang reportedly was allowed by the membership to journey to France for a household matter final week, after the 2-1 loss at Everton on Dec. 6 which he began in its place, however returned a day later than agreed.

“We anticipate all our gamers, significantly our captain, to work to the foundations and requirements we’ve got all set and agreed,” Arsenal mentioned in a brief assertion.

“We’re totally centered on tomorrow’s match.”

Aubameyang was not noted of the workforce for the north London derby in opposition to Tottenham in March due to a “disciplinary concern,” in response to Arteta on the time.

Just a few months earlier, he was granted time away to go to his mom as a result of she had well being points and missed video games within the Premier League and FA Cup.

Aubameyang has simply 4 targets in 14 Premier League video games this season after signing a three-year contract extension final 12 months that made him the workforce’s highest-paid participant.

He was made captain by Arteta’s predecessor, Unai Emery, after Granit Xhaka was stripped of the respect in November 2019 following his offended response to being booed by Arsenal followers after being substituted in a league recreation.

Aubameyang joined Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018 and his newest contract runs to the summer season of 2023.

He mentioned he needed to turn into “an Arsenal legend” when utilizing a reside video recording on Twitter to announce his profitable new deal in September final 12 months. That was a reward on the finish of his first two full seasons at Arsenal the place he shared the Golden Boot — the trophy given to the Premier League’s main scorer — within the 2018-19 season and was just one objective wanting the award within the 2019-20 season.

He additionally scored twice within the FA Cup ultimate in August 2020 to provide Arsenal a 2-1 win over Chelsea and the membership’s first trophy underneath Arteta.

Aubameyang’s efficiency ranges have dipped since then and he scored 10 league targets final season.

Arsenal is in sixth place, two factors behind fourth-placed West Ham going into the sport at Emirates Stadium.

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