Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s appointment as Arsenal skipper has not gone down well with everyone at the club, according to a report.
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.
In fact, Emery admitted in his press conference on Friday that Xhaka may well have played his last game for the club.
The midfielder has been absent for the last three matches after telling supporters to “f*** off” as he was jeered as he was substituted during a draw against Crystal Palace last month.
Emery, having later stripped Xhaka of the captaincy, confirmed he had taken the decision for him to sit out Saturday’s defeat at Leicester after conversations between the pair ended with the 27-year-old declaring he was unavailable.
Emery quickly replaced Xhaka with the Gabon striker as the Gunners’ skipper, but The Athletic’s David Ornstein says some players within the squad feel that Xhaka was “thrown under the bus” by Emery.
Arsenal’s players voted on who they wanted as skipper in the summer after Laurent Koscielny’s departure, but apparently they were not consulted at all over Aubameyang’s appointment before Emery annpunced the move to the press last week.
And some of the squad have questioned the former Dortmund man’s suitability for the role, particularly due to his relationship with YouTube fan channel AFTV.
The 30-year-old is understood to be an allie of the outspoken channel and has liked various controversial Instagram posts from AFTV
The report also claims Aubameyang has even invited one of AFTV contributor Troopz into his Emirates box for games, which has resulted with complaints from within the club.