Arsenal legend Martin Keown believes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is under threat of losing his position as captain of the club after a second disciplinary breach in nine months.
The Gabon international was dropped from Arsenal’s matchday squad that won 3-0 against Southampton on Saturday for what manager Mikel Arteta described as a ‘non-negotiable disciplinary breach’.
Back in March, Aubameyang also missed the north London derby with Tottenham when he reported late for the game.
The Gunners went on to beat their local rivals and the striker remained captain after the public dressing down by Mikel Arteta.
Keown questioned Aubameyang’s attitude and anticipated that a change of captaincy could be on the horizon sooner rather than later.
“The captaincy is in question now,” he said on BBC’s Match of the Day.
“You can’t keep being late or disappearing on trips abroad and not coming back on time, your team needs you and he’s not there when you need him most so I expect that to change.”
Fellow pundit Alan Shearer added: “It’s unacceptable for the second time. For it to happen once, not very good, but for it to happen again and for his manager to have to come out and criticise him the way he did and tell everyone again he’s had to leave him out for those reasons. It’s not good.”
When asked about the possibility of changing Aubameyang as captain, Arteta said: “Let’s talk about the game, guys. I tried to explain to you what it was and I did it frankly, and I am not going to say anything else.”