It has come to this.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang urged former Premier League striker Gabriel Agbonlahor to give up the armband.
Agbonlahor previously captained Aston Villa but resigned due to disciplinary issues and believes Aubameyang should do the same.
That came after Arsenal’s club captain was out of the squad for the Southampton game, days after he was thrown on the bench against Everton.
Mikel Arteta announced that he missed the game due to disciplinary issues.
Gabriel Agbonlahor on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Agbonlahor was in a similar situation when he was Villa’s captain and he decided to leave the captaincy.
Speech on sunday, he said: “Arteta played at a great level, he played not that long ago so he won’t accept a player who thinks he can do what he wants and have his own rules.
“When I was playing at Aston Villa, I gave up the captaincy. I was the club captain and I was going on vacation during an international break and was caught smoking shisha.
“As footballers, we should be robots who are not allowed to do anything. I got a lot of heat for that, so I gave up the armband. Maybe Aubameyang has to do that … “
Agbonlahor over Aubameyang as captain
He continued, “I wasn’t professional enough for this. You can be a great captain in the field, but if you don’t do the right things, you can’t be a captain either. It would probably be taken away from me anyway, but I felt like I wasn’t professional enough.
“Because the club was so disappointed, it felt right … in my later years I wasn’t a professional on or off the pitch, I keep my hands up for that.
“I don’t think he’s going to give it up. He could think in his mind that he didn’t do anything wrong. “
Given that this is Aubameyang’s second disciplinary breach in 2021, it will be interesting to see how Arteta handles his current captain going forward.
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