Alan Shearer has praised Mikel Arteta for his ‘brave’ call to strip Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of the captaincy and believes Arsenal’s players support the manager’s decision.
The armband was taken away from Aubameyang earlier this month following a disciplinary breach and the striker has not featured in Arsenal’s last five matches.
Aubameyang’s future at Arsenal is now uncertain, meanwhile, the Gunners have won all five games without the 32-year-old on the pitch.
‘It was a big, brave decision from Arteta to do what he did because with the personality, who Aubameyang was with the captaincy on him, the salary that he’s on,’ Shearer said on BBC’s Match of the Day.
‘But he has to show discipline because he’s got a young team who he’s trying to send a message to. They now know that they can’t mess around, they can’t be late for training or whatever the situation is.
‘And the players agree with the decision that Arteta’s made because you can tell in their performances.
‘Arteta needed his players to back him up in terms of giving his the goals and the performances, and they’ve done that in style.’
When asked about the decision to drop Aubameyang for Arsenal’s 5-0 win over Norwich on Boxing Day, Arteta revealed that the striker’s future is being decided on a game-by-game basis.
‘He wasn’t selected for today’s match,’ Arteta said.
‘We’ll take it game by game. That was the decision.’
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