• Forward dropped last weekend and remains out of squad
  • ‘We expect all our players to work to the rules,’ club says

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been stripped of the Arsenal captaincy and will not be selected for Wednesday’s match against West Ham, throwing the striker’s future at the club into doubt.

Mikel Arteta dropped Aubameyang from the squad that beat Southampton on Saturday over returning late from a trip abroad and the manager afterwards refused to take questions on the player’s status as club captain. But it was far from the 32-year-old’s first such offence and, as Arsenal made clear in a statement on Tuesday, Arteta’s patience has run out.

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