Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang insists there is no divisions at Arsenal over the decision to hand him the club captaincy and claims he is allowed to be friends with whoever he wants.
Unai Emery decided to strip Granit Xhaka of the Arsenal captaincy and replace him with Aubameyang last week after the former’s reaction to fans after being subbed last month.
However, a report on Monday claimed some players within the squad felt that Xhaka was “thrown under the bus” by Emery and the lack of consultancy among players over his successor (Aubameyang) had not gone down well.
Furthermore, The Athletic’s David Ornstein wrote that Aubameyang’s friendship with the presenters of supporters channel Arsenal Fans TV (AFTV) has been questioned and amid claims it was compromising his role as captain.
The striker has apparently liked some controversial posts from the channel’s Instagram account – including one for a call for Emery to be sacked – and there are people at Arsenal who believe he should stop endorsing their articles and their channel if he is to carry on as captain.
However, Aubameyang has taken to Instagram to slam reports of divides at Arsenal and claims it is all ‘bull****’.
In the now deleted post, the Arsenal striker wrote: “I just arrived in Gabon and heared a lot of bullsh*t.
“I talk with who I want whenever I want and if somebody’s not happy with you…you already know.”
The episode marks another downturn in what is fast becoming something of a shambolic season at Arsenal, with the club on Monday offering their backing for the under-fire Emery.
By insisting they still have the right man in charge, head of football Raul Sanllehi and managing director Vinai Venkatesham stated: “We are as disappointed as everyone else with both our results and performances at this stage of the season.
“We share the frustration with our fans, Unai, players and all our staff as they are not at the level we want or expect. Things need to improve to meet our objectives for the season, and we firmly believe Unai is the right man for the job, together with the backroom team we have in place.”