Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will lead Arsenal out at the Emirates today, wearing the captains armband and hoping to do his part to lead the team to a much needed victory.
The Gabon international took over from Granit Xhaka after the Swiss midfielder’s outburst during the Crystal Palace game, and had words of support for his predecessor, as well as a call for support from Gunners fans.
Speaking in his programme notes, the striker said, “I took over from Granit in tough circumstances but I am very proud to be wearing the armband. It is an honour.
“It comes with a lot of responsibilities but I feel I can do a great job. 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 honour the armband by doing my very best on and off the pitch.”
He also touched on recent events, after what has been a problematic for the team on and off the pitch.
“I would like to also say a word for Granit. I understand that sometimes one can make mistakes. It happens to all of us. Granit is one of us.
“We are all here for him and I know how strong he is. It was tough to see all of this happening but we need to move forward together.
“This is my message for you Arsenal fans. We need you. You are amazing, your support is amazing and we need to all pull in the same direction.
“I really hope you will be massively behind us today and for the rest of the season.”