Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will evaluate his options for the club’s next captain following the departure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January
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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta’s ruthless decision to banish former captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang offers an insight into his place inside the Arsenal dressing room.
Aubameyang is allowed to leave the club on a free transfer as he joins the Spanish giants Barcelona on the January transfer window after a disciplinary breach in December saw him ostracized from the Gunners’ starting XI.
And following his departure, Arteta’s options for the club’s next captain have emerged, with Alexandre Lacazette increasingly likely to leave when his contract expires this summer. .
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Race for the top four
Arsenal is fine Premier League form has put them in the driver’s seat for the Champions League.
Mikel Arteta’s side have now registered three consecutive wins as they beat Wolf in a dramatic encounter last week following a win over Bruno Lage’s side two weeks ago and a narrow win over Brentford in the middle of those two ties.
They are currently sixth in the table, two points behind fourth-placed Manchester United but three games away from their opponents.
And those three devices could now prove to be the decisive season for Mikel Arteta’s team.
Arteta’s Cruel Decision
Mikel Arteta’s decision to cut his losses with former captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and allow him to leave the club for nothing in January has certainly raised some difficulties.
The Gabon international was made to train alone, while he was also dropped from Arteta’s team after a disciplinary breach in December.
He then joined Barcelona on transfer deadline day and has so far impressed for his new side, scoring five goals in six games for the new owners.
But Arteta’s ruthlessness has shed light on his place in the Arsenal dressing room.
Captaincy option appears
Mikel Arteta will once again want to hand over the Arsenal captaincy to another star this summer.
Alexandre Lacazette took the captain’s armband following the departure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January, but the Frenchman himself looks set to leave when his contract expires this summer.
That means Arteta will be busy assessing the other leaders currently on his team as he has his eye on the next Arsenal captain.
And at least five contenders have appeared so far this season.
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