MARTIN KEOWN: Dropping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may be what he needs

MARTIN KEOWN: Dropping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may be the kick up the backside that he needs… the Arsenal striker is clinging to the captaincy and this could be his final warning by boss Mikel Arteta

  • Aubameyang missed Saturday’s Southampton clash due to a disciplinary breach
  • The Gabon international, 32, could be stripped of the captaincy by Mikel Arteta
  • Ex-Arsenal defender Martin Keown: ‘Stripping him from captaincy right thing’ 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is clinging to the Arsenal captaincy by his fingernails.

A club captain cannot be repeatedly falling foul of the rules set by his manager.

He is not only the leader on the pitch, he is supposed to lead by example off it, too, especially when the squad is as youthful as Arsenal’s.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 32, has broken club rules following ‘a disciplinary breach’

Mikel Arteta could strip the Gabon international of the club captaincy following the incident

The bottom line is, does Mikel Arteta believe Aubameyang has the qualities required to remain his captain? He knows he’s got a group of young men in that dressing room and they need a skipper who sets the right standards.

What Arteta needs to contemplate is how damaging it could be to change the captaincy in the middle of a season.

Doing it mid-season seems disruptive. It risks being too much of a distraction.

Arteta made the decision to punish his player for his misdemeanour (the full details of which the manager has chosen not to divulge).

Dropping him from the match-day squad might be the kick up the backside he needed. This could act as a final warning for Aubameyang and then Arteta can address the issue of who should be his captain in the summer.

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