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Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been stripped of the captaincy after a disciplinary breach last week. He was left out of the squad that faced Southampton before the club announced their decision to relieve him of his duties as the captain. Arteta also revealed that Aubameyang will not be available for selection for their crucial game against West Ham. He also revealed that it was a painful decision to make in order to protect the interests of the club.

“We expect all our players, particularly our captain, to work to the rules and standards we have all set and agreed,” Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was stripped of the captaincy. “We are fully focused on tomorrow’s match. I think it’s a really clear statement from the club. It’s a decision that we’ve made following the last incident that we had with the player and this is where we stand.”

“When we have to make that decision, obviously it’s because that’s the right one to defend the interests of the football club,” he added. “It’s been a lot to digest and a really difficult decision to make, so we need a bit of time. To make the decision that we made is because it was really hurting and it’s still like this and it needs a little bit of time to heal, so for now, again, he’s not involved in the squad. It’s a really unpleasant situation and it’s not the moment to make any rash decisions.”

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