Mikel arteta terrified arsenal dressing room after axing captain Pierre– Emerick Aubamayang during bust out


RUTHLESS Mikel Arteta terrified the Arsenal dressing-room with the no-nonsense way he dumped dissenting captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January.

And as the table-topping Gunners prepare for a first reunion with Auba on Sunday, veteran long-serving midfielder Mo Elneny claims the striker’s departure was the moment that Arteta completely established his authority.

Mikel Arteta stamped his authority on the Arsenal team with the way he dealt with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Arteta axed Aubameyang as captain before letting him leave the club for nothing

Arteta axed Aubameyang as captain before letting him leave the club for nothing
Aubameyang, who signed for Chelsea in the summer after just six months at Barcelona, has already lit the touchpaper for Sunday’s explosive Stamford Bridge clash by declaring: “Arsenal, nothing personal. I’m back, I’m blue, I’m ready.”

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But Egyptian international Elneny reckons Arteta has already proved himself the winner in his long-running battle with Aubameyang which culminated in the striker’s contract being paid so he could join Barca as a free agent.

He says: “When Mikel took the captaincy from Auba, it was 100 percent the moment he established himself.

“After what he did to the captain of the team, everyone looked at themselves and asked ‘what is he going to do with the other players?’

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“Everyone was scared about their position after what happened with Aubameyang. If a player who is not the captain makes a small mistake, he is going to have the same problem. And no-one needs that.

“That showed us that we cannot play around, from now on we have to be calm and stick together as a team, not do something different.

“We all agreed with what Mikel decided because he is our boss and we have to support his vision for the club.

“Now we don’t allow big egos in the dressing-room. Everyone loves each other and works for each other.



“That is what makes our squad really strong, because we don’t have egos in the team.

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“Now we have things to push for every day. We know we have a good team with good staff and Mikel makes us feel like we are really strong.

“And we all believe we can do something really special this season. Arsenal is a big club and we know we need to put them in the place they deserve. That is what we all play for.

“Aubameyang was one of our players and he decided to go to a different team. Now we just focus on ourselves and look to win the game on Sunday.”