Arsenal Strip Aubameyang Of Captaincy & He Won’t Play Against West Ham

Arsenal have stripped Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of the club captaincy following a disciplinary breach last week. Aubameyang was left out of the squad for Saturday’s match against Southampton, and Arsenal confirmed their decision to remove the forward as captain on Tuesday. The club also said Aubameyang will not be available for selection against West Ham on Wednesday.

“We expect all our players, particularly our captain, to work to the rules and standards we have all set and agreed,” the club said in a statement. “We are fully focused on tomorrow’s match.” Mikel Arteta is due to give a press conference this afternoon, while the Arsenal manager previously said: “I think we have been very consistent that we have certain non-negotiables in the team that we have set ourselves as a club.” Arteta was tight-lipped on the reasons for Aubameyang’s absence, refusing to comment when asked if the striker had returned late from a trip abroad.

This is not going to be a problem for Aubameyang because he’s got an unbelievable contract at the club. However, it’s a major problem for Arsenal. Who’s going to take him on those wages? Absolutely nobody in the whole wide world. And there’s his age too. If he was 27, they’d be queuing up around the corner for him, but not now at the age of 32. He turned up late for a meeting before and got left out of the side to face Tottenham. He’s the example. There are a lot of young players in that team who will look up to him. If you are the manager, of course you’d be disappointed. He’s been made captain of Arsenal Football Club. It’s a big thing and not just a run-of-the-mill thing. And with all the promising young kids at the club, he needs to set the example.

Your Personal Holiday Wish List

In in my professional life, other than the first job I had where, mainly due to a technical issue we got 10 days off at the end of the year, during the only year that I was there , I have never worked at a place that gives everyone time off at once. And that is because I have mostly worked in customer care – phone, email & chat – which never closes. 24 hrs a day, 365 days of the year. And Indian corporates make it very difficult for you to take time off at a stretch.

The only two times I have had more than 10 days off (including Saturdays & Sundays) were because of medical conditions – in 2019 I had a fracture on my toe and a sprain as well; my doc advised me to keep my feet up for 10 days. And then year I was hospitalized due to a condition in my blood and I took 10–12 days off, including the weekends.

This year Christmas falls on a Saturday as does the 1st so no days off. Just the regular weekends off. If I did get 7-10 days off all I would want is to book a hotel room, one with a comfortable and large bed, free wifi, room service and a tv. I would sleep, read, internet (the verb) and watch a few movies while drinking a bit and eating whatever they can deliver to me. That would be the best way to unwind and relax and recharge my batteries.