Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has three leaders who can replace Aubameyang as captain

Arteta feels Aubameyang will be boosted by return of fans

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has three frontrunners when it comes to replacing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as club captain, reports say. The Gabon international has struggled in recent weeks and was dropped for their victory over Southampton on Saturday. Now, he’s facing an uncertain future over at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal signed Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund in the January transfer window of 2018, when Arsene Wenger still ruled the roost.

He’s not disappointed in the time since, with the Gabon international netting an impressive 92 goals from 115 starts.

In recent weeks, however, Aubameyang’s form has suffered. His last goal for the club was against Aston Villa, on October 22, with the striker since going six matches without finding the net.

On Saturday, things stopped to a new low.

The 32-year-old was dropped for their victory over Southampton, with Arteta citing a breach of their rules as the reason for his omission.

With Aubameyang off the boil, and angering his manager, that’s led to talk that he could be set to lose his status as club captain.

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The Athletic implied last month that Gabriel, Ben White and Aaron Ramsdale are contenders for the honour should the Gunners strip Aubameyang of his title, having stepped to become ‘leaders’ within the side. 

Gabriel signed from Lille in the summer transfer window of 2020, snubbing a move to Manchester United in the process.

Though he endured injury issues last term, the Brazilian has shown why he’s one of Europe’s most-promising centre-backs with some slick showings this term.

Gabriel usually partners White at the back.

White moved from Brighton for a huge £50million back in the summer, with many questioning the transfer fee at the time.

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However, White has defied his critics to emerge as a leader from within Arteta’s much-maligned squad.

And he appears to be a second player in the frame for the captaincy, even if he’s still early into his Emirates career.

Likewise, Ramsdale.

Just like with the signing of White, Arsenal were criticised and scrutinised when they decided to sign the England international in the summer.

Ramsdale had been part of a Sheffield United side who finished bottom last term, amassing just 23 points from their 38 matches.

They conceded 63 goals during that time, with only West Brom, Southampton and Crystal Palace conceding more.

However, Ramsdale has flourished so far with his fine form keeping Bernd Leno on the substitutes bench.

And he’s the third name in the frame to replace Aubameyang as skipper, with the Gabonese striker now facing a fight to turn things around.

Speaking on Saturday, Arteta addressed the issue regarding his No 14 by saying: “Unfortunately, due to a disciplinary breach.

”I think we have been very consistent, there are non-negotiables we have set as a club and I think we have been very consistent.

“It was a disciplinary breach and that’s why he was out of the squad.

“I am not going to say anything else. I am going to focus on the performance and what the team did on the pitch.”

BT Sport pundit Chris Sutton, meanwhile, feels Aubameyang may have played his final game for the club.

“Not while Arteta is there,” said Sutton when asked if he could see a way back for Aubameyang at Arsenal.

“What I do find interesting is that Arteta could have kept it quiet, in-house, but he hasn’t done.

“He knows what’s going to happen now that it’s out in the public domain.”

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