Mon. May 16th, 2022

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

The 32-year-old had the captain’s armband taken off him by manager Arteta on December 14 for a breach of the club’s disciplinary rules.

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

“We have other captains and there is a list of captains for a reason because a player maybe starts not to play, a player gets injured, and then the other players have to take that responsibility,” Arteta told Sky Sports News.

“In order to do that, you don’t want that to happen overnight.

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

Forward Alexandre Lacazette wore the armband during Arsenal’s last three matches and could be in line to take on the role full-time.

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By Nwosu Chizoba David

Nwosu Chizoba David is a soccer lover and writer. He is a graduate of Biological Sciences, presently teaching in a secondary in Lagos.

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