Arsenal star Granit Xhaka has had his say on the situation Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is currently in.
The Gabon star was stripped of his captaincy after a disciplinary breach. He is nowhere near the squad at the moment and his future is up in the air as a result.
Xhaka was in a very similar position a couple of years ago. His outburst against Arsenal fans cost him his captaincy, but he bounced back brilliantly. He has now sent a message of support to Aubameyang.
Xhaka: Aubameyang has to stay positive
The Swiss international told The Athletic: “I have been in this situation and I know how he is feeling. Mine is a different story, with different problems to Auba.
“Sometimes, maybe, this is not a step back but is a step forward. I think Auba is strong enough and has enough experience to be back and to be better than before.
“I believe everything happens for a reason. It doesn’t have to be something to bring you down. You have to think positive and believe you can turn it around. I believe he can.”
The Insider’s View:
It’s extremely difficult to imagine what Aubameyang is going through now. There probably isn’t a more positive guy in football than our former skipper, but times are really tough for him at the moment.
However, he has to stay positive and do exactly what Xhaka did.
It looked almost certain that Xhaka would leave Arsenal two years ago. It just didn’t look like there was a way back for him. But, he proved everyone wrong and has been one of our most important players since his return.
If Aubameyang accepts his mistake, fixes his relationship with Arteta and gets back into the side, he could emulate Xhaka. We all know he has the quality to deliver, but it just has to click for him. Hopefully, it will at some point in the near future.