Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s captaincy divides Gunners
In his weekly Monday article for the Athletic, David Ornstein has looked into the latest problems surrounding Arsenal’s captaincy.
In recent weeks, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has assumed the Arsenal armband, after Granit Xhaka was demoted.
Xhaka lost the captaincy following his substitution against Crystal Palace.
On Xhaka, Ornstein notes that there’s still friction behind the scenes at Arsenal over how that situation was handled:
(Xhaka is) generally well-regarded by players and staff.
Some within the set-up, therefore, believe Xhaka has been “thrown under the bus” internally.
Next, there’s the issue of Aubameyang leading the team.
Ornstein noted that “protocol” determined that Aubameyang should get the armband after it was stripped from Xhaka.
However, Aubameyang’s appointment has nevertheless split opinion – and that has a lot to do with his relationship with Arsenal Fan TV.
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Aubameyang & Arsenal Fan TV
Ornstein has revealed the following:
The 30-year-old striker is said to have irritated some people by developing a relationship with AFTV.
The baseline for this line of analysis is that AFTV (formerly known as Arsenal Fan TV) isn’t highly regarded by the club:
Many at the club believe the growth of AFTV… has contributed to an upsurge in negativity towards the team and specific players from sections of the support.
— Arsenal True Fans (@arsenal_true) June 20, 2019
In recent times, Aubameyang has publicly engaged with the YouTube and social media platform:
The Gabon international appearing to “like” a number of contentious AFTV posts on Instagram, including one in June criticising Emery and another in September calling for Xhaka to be sold in the next transfer window, is said to have left team-mates and staff unimpressed.
Apparently, Aubameyang has also been asked to stop engaging with one of AFTV’s contributors, ‘Troopz’.
— TREQUARTISTA (@TheSporTalk) September 7, 2019