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Arsenal stars MISS 'nice guy' Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, says Ben White

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Arsenal’s dressing room MISSES ‘nice guy’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, reveals defender Ben White… as the £50m summer signing admits it would ‘be an honour’ to succeed his banished team-mate as captain

  • Striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is training away from Arsenal’s first team 
  • Mikel Arteta made the decision to strip him of the captaincy earlier this month 
  • Defender Ben White has revealed that the dressing room is missing the forward
  • ‘Nice guy’ Aubameyang is missed but White went on to add that ‘it is what it is’ 
  • The striker is back at Arsenal’s London Colney base but is not with Arteta’s squad


Arsenal players are missing banished striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as he continues to work away from the rest of the first team, defender Ben White said. 

Aubameyang was stripped of the captaincy by boss Mikel Arteta earlier this month and he has not been involved since returning back late from a trip to visit his sick mother. 

Sportsmail reported last week that  the 32-year-old has not been involved in first-team training at the club’s London Colney HQ, a development that casts further doubt over his future in north London. 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been banished from Arsenal's first team due to his conduct

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been banished from Arsenal’s first team due to his conduct

Defender Ben White (right) has revealed the dressing room are missing 'nice guy' Aubameyang

Defender Ben White (right) has revealed the dressing room are missing ‘nice guy’ Aubameyang

With the cloud of Aubameyang’s future hanging over the north London club White was asked if it is affecting the rest of the dressing room ahead of their Boxing Day match against Norwich. 

White told talkSPORT: ‘It hasn’t really looked it on the scoresheet. We’ve been playing well.

‘Obviously it’s disappointing for Auba but we’ve all got our heads down and we’re working hard.

‘He’s a really nice guy, we all miss him, but it is what it is.’

It is now down to Arteta to pick out a successor for the armband and while there has been an appetite to use a leadership group, White believes he has ‘some of the qualities’ needed if he is picked out to succeed Aubameyang. 

Mikel Arteta (right) has been ruthless with his £350,000-a-week striker (left) in exiling him

 Mikel Arteta (right) has been ruthless with his £350,000-a-week striker (left) in exiling him

On the potential captaincy, Arsenal’s £50million summer signing added: ‘I’ve never done it before, but it would obviously be an absolute honour to be captain.

‘I think I’ve got some of the qualities to be captain, but we’ll see in time.’

This week Arteta came out to defend his ruthless handling of the Gabon striker, insisting he does not rule Arsenal like a dictator. 

‘I don’t establish my authority by being dictatorial or ruthless,’ said Arteta. ‘I just ask for respect and commitment. At this level, if I don’t get that I pack my bags and go somewhere else because that is the minimum I can ask for.

‘I am sorry but I am going to expect that from everybody who works for the club, first of all myself. The day I don’t do that, I walk through that door and go and do something else. It is as clear as that.

‘To be successful you have to be passionate about something and if you want to represent a club of this size, with its history, that is the minimum standard you have to bring. 

White said it would 'be an honour' if he was chosen to succeed Aubameyang as the captain

White said it would ‘be an honour’ if he was chosen to succeed Aubameyang as the captain 

Aubameyang headed back to France earlier this month to visit his mother, who has been unwell, but the Gunners striker arrived back late from the trip and he was later punished

Aubameyang headed back to France earlier this month to visit his mother, who has been unwell, but the Gunners striker arrived back late from the trip and he was later punished

‘I am not going to ask anybody to put the ball into the top corner every time they hit it, but I will ask them to do the right things every single day for this club. That is for sure.’

Aubameyang is due to head to the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) with Gabon and it is expected he will not find himself in contention with Arsenal return, provided he hasn’t been sold. 

Barcelona have been alerted by Aubameyang’s exile and would be interested in signing him on loan next month.

But his £350,000-a-week wages are a potential stumbling block for the cash-strapped Catalan club.

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