Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang slams reports of rifts in Arsenal dressing room over captaincy decision

 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has hit back at reports over the club captaincy
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has hit back at reports over the club captaincy (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has reacted angrily to claims the squad have not ‘accepted’ his promotion to club captain.

Reports on Monday claimed the Arsenal squad felt Granit Xhaka had been ‘thrown under a bus’ by Unai Emery following his actions in a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace in October.

Aubameyang was made club captain in place of the Swiss but the decision was announced in a press conference and not made to the group as a whole beforehand.

There was also a suggestion that Aubameyang’s relationship with supporters’ channel Arsenal Fans’ TV [AFTV] was compromising his role and that he’d been asked to stop endorsing and speaking to those associated with the organisation.

Aubameyang was made captain in place of Granit Xhaka
Aubameyang was made captain in place of Granit Xhaka (Picture: Getty)

The Gabon striker has liked some rather controversial Instagram posts from the channel’s account – including one calling for Emery to be sacked – which left teammates and staff ‘unimpressed’.

But Aubameyang has taken to social media to slam the reports, describing them as ‘b******t’.

‘I just arrived in Gabon and heared a lot of ‘bullsh*ts,’ said Aubameyang.

‘I talk with who I want whenever I want and if somebody’s not happy with you…you already know.’

It is yet another episode in what is fast becoming a chaotic season for Emery’s Arsenal side.

Head of Football Raul Sanllehi told staff in a meeting today that Emery retained the backing of the club’s board and would not be sacked.

‘We are as disappointed as everyone else with both our results and performances at this stage of the season,’ said Sanllehi.

‘We share the frustration with our fans, Unai, players and all out 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. We are all working intenstively behind the scenes to turn things around are confident we will.

‘We never take our fantastic support for granted. We hope we can all stick together and get behind the team in this challenging period, as together we are stronger’.

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