Following a disciplinary breach, Arsenal have declared that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will no longer be the club’s captain.
The striker will also be absent from the team for Wednesday’s Premier League match against West Ham.
After apparently arriving late from a permitted vacation overseas earlier in the week, Aubameyang was dropped by Mikel Arteta for Saturday’s 3-0 win against Southampton.
A statement from Arsenal said: “Following his latest disciplinary breach last week, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will no longer be our club captain, and will not be considered for selection for Wednesday’s match against West Ham United.
“We are fully focused on tomorrow’s match.”
Aubameyang’s current contract at the Emirates expires in a year and a half, although he has been linked with a transfer elsewhere as Arteta and director Edu try to revamp the group.
Arteta has already taken action against Aubameyang, having benched him for the north London derby against Tottenham Hotspur in March owing to lateness. In February, Arsenal punished him for a probable violation of the Covid-19 restrictions.
Arteta said after dropping Aubameyang at the weekend that the rules are “non-negotiable”.
“He had a disciplinary breach, that applies to everybody. That’s a non-negotiable and when that happens he’s out of the team.
“Whatever happens in the dressing room, I cannot share. I am sorry. I’m telling you the reason, I cannot lie, it was that. This is where I stand. From my side, I will never [say what the breach was].”
For the win over Southampton, Alexandre Lacazette was chosen as stand-in captain.