Aubameyang is new Arsenal captain
Aubameyang set to take over from Xhaka as Arsenal captain/File Photo

Arsenal have stripped Granit Xhaka of captaincy and Gabon hitman, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is now the club’s captain, Concise News reports.

Manager Unai Emery confirmed the development on Tuesday.

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Xhaka was taken off by Emery in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace which saw the hosts throw away a 2-0 lead in the London derby.

The player reacted angrily to jeers from the fans, ripped off his shirt and marched straight to the tunnel.

But before he left the pitch, he cupped his ear and mouthed “f*ck off” at the stands.

The Swiss would later explain that he received death threats from fans, reason he reacted that way on the matchday.

Now, moments after Emery announced that the midfielder will no longer be his skipper, the Spanish trainer confirmed that striker Aubameyang will step up to be the club’s new main leader.

Xhaka, 27, was omitted from the squads against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup last week and the Premier League clash with Wolves over the weekend, while he also has not travelled to Vitoria for Thursday’s Europa League clash.

“I had a meeting with him and told him he is no longer in the captain’s group,” Emery explained at his press conference.

“He accepted my decision. We need to carry on and focus on tomorrow’s match.

“I needed to take a decision and now it’s closed.”

Aubameyang skippered the side against Wolves on Saturday and Emery confirmed he will take the armband moving forwards.

‘Auba’ as the African is fondly called, is a former African Footballer of the Year.

He currently captains the Gabonese national team – just like his father did.