Three positives to take as Aubameyang is axed as Arsenal captain
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Three positives to take as Aubameyang is axed as Arsenal captain

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Arsenal confirmed today that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will no longer remain the captain following his disciplinary breach last week.

The Gabon star was dropped from the squad against Southampton on Sunday. There have been question marks over his role as our skipper ever since, and Mikel Arteta has put an end to it by stripping him of the captaincy now.

This is not ideal at all for Arsenal, especially ahead of a very busy festive schedule. However, it is one we have to deal with, and as there is in most situations, there are positives to take from this as well.

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Three positives to take as Aubameyang is axed as Arsenal captain

Clear message to the squad

Arsenal have the youngest squad in the Premier League at the moment. Most of our players are under the age of 25 and they need to learn that indiscipline will not be tolerated at any point.

Arteta’s decision on Aubameyang, as ruthless as it is, sends a very clear message to every player. Nobody is allowed to cross the line, not even the biggest star in the side. That will help Arsenal massively in the long run.

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Putting the club above everything else

It is at moments like this that everybody’s real character will be seen. Aubameyang is a very popular member of the squad and the mood around the dressing room will not be great now. However, this opens the door for players to show that they can put the club above everything else.

There have been no reports of player revolts behind the scenes and Arteta revealed that every member of the dressing room has accepted the decision. That shows unity, even when one of their close pals has been punished, which is a huge positive.

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New captain bounce?

We’ve seen a new manager’s bounce time and again in the Premier League over the years, but could there be a boost after a change in captaincy as well? Why not?!

Aubameyang, as he has admitted himself, is not much of a talker behind the scenes. Although that’s not a bad thing, there are times when our young squad will need an honest and passionate voice in the dressing room when things aren’t going well.

Arsenal’s next captain could bring that to the table and that could give us a massive boost ahead of the second half of the season.

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