Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang finally breaks silence on being named Arsenal captain

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was confirmed as Arsenal's new captain earlier this month by Unai Emery
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was confirmed as Arsenal’s new captain earlier this month by Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang insists he is privileged to have been named as Arsenal captain and hopes to follow in the footsteps of club legends Tony Adams and Patrick Vieira.

Arsenal’s star striker was confirmed as Granit Xhaka’s permanent successor as the club’s skipper last month after the Switzerland international was stripped of the captaincy following his outburst against Crystal Palace and subsequent refusal to offer a full apology to his own supporters and teammates.

Aubameyang wore the armband against Leicester before the international and hit out at reports the dressing room was divided over his appointment during the international break.

The former Borussia Dortmund star will lead out his team in today’s vital Premier League match against Southampton and he accept he will feel an extra weight of responsibility.

‘Arsenal has a great history of wonderful captains like Patrick Vieira and Tony Adams,’ Aubameyang told Arsenal’s official matchday programme.

Former Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka hasn't played for Arsenal since his outburst against Crystal Palace
Former Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka hasn’t played for Arsenal since his outburst against Crystal Palace (Picture: Getty)

‘It is a privilege to follow in their footsteps and I will honour the armband by doing my very best on and off the pitch.

‘When I was younger, I remember always wanting to be captain in my youth teams. I was talking about it with my mum just the other day actually. We were laughing because we recalled how I used to buy armbands myself so I could wear them!

‘At the start of my career, I was not too focused on being captain or not. Now, it feels right. It comes with a lot of responsibilities but I feel I can do a great job. I have been Gabon captain since 2015 and that was also a great honour.

‘My dad was also the national team captain when he was playing. So to take over from him in a way was again very special. Now, I am doing the double with Arsenal and Gabon and it is a wonderful privilege.’

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