Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang finally speaks out on being handed Arsenal captaincy

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang finally speaks out on being handed Arsenal captaincy

With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang installed as the new Arsenal captain, the Gabonese forward insists he is honored and is looking to follow in the footsteps of club legends Tony Adams and Patrick Vieira.

Granit Xhaka was stripped of his captaincy following a spat with Arsenal fans after being subbed in the 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace. 

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 AC Milan forward is expected to lead Arsenal in the clash against Southampton and has admitted he will feel the weight of the armband, "Arsenal has a great history of wonderful captains like Patrick Vieira and Tony Adams.

"It is a privilege to follow in their footsteps and I will honor 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 honor. 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."