Mikel Arteta backs Arsenal’s leadership group following decision to strip Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of captaincy | Football News

Mikel Arteta has expressed confidence in the strength of Arsenal’s leadership following his decision to deprive Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of the club’s captaincy.

The 32-year-old was removed from his captain’s armband by coach Arteta on 14 December for violating the club’s disciplinary rules.

He lost wins over Southampton and West Ham and will be absent again when Arsenal face Leeds on Saturday live on Sky Sports, but Arteta believes his side are more than ready to step up and lead.

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“We have other captains and there is a list of captains for a reason because one player might start not playing, one player gets injured and then the other players have to take that responsibility,” said Arteta. Sky Sports News.

“To do that, you don’t want it to happen overnight.

“That’s why you have a leadership group because they are constantly making decisions, constantly communicating with myself, the coaching staff and the club in many other respects, and they have to be used to taking on that responsibility and leadership.”

Striker Alexandre Lacazette has worn the armband during Arsenal’s last three games and may be lined up to take on the full-time role.

Saturday 18 December at 17:00

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Sky Sports News can confirm that, as requested by Arteta, Aubameyang is currently training away from the rest of Arsenal’s first team. The Gabonese forward is keen to maintain his fitness ahead of next month’s Africa Cup of Nations.

Arteta was tight-lipped in his Friday press conference over Aubameyang’s readiness for the Leeds match, revealing little about both the forward’s future at Arsenal and immediate plans to appoint a permanent captain.

However, while the Arsenal boss set a more conciliatory tone with Aubameyang, admitting that everyone makes mistakes, he also hinted that the club had shown leniency previously.

Alexandre Lacazette
Alexandre Lacazette wore the Arsenal captain’s armband in recent matches

“Absolutely. I think we all make mistakes. I always believe everyone has the right intention, even if you made a mistake,” added Arteta.

“You have to understand that what is probably a mistake for you is just normal for someone else because they come from a different background, culture or education, and I am completely open to that – and I think we have shown that in many occasions “.

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