Reports suggest there is something of an internal revolt at Arsenal ahead of Wednesday night’s clash with West Ham.
West Ham head to the Emirates to face Arsenal on Wednesday night as the race for the top four intensifies.
Mikel Arteta has the Gunners breathing down West Ham’s necks for a place in the top four.
The Hammers failed to beat Burnley at the weekend meaning they have won just once in five games since the momentum killing November international break.
As a result victory for Arsenal over West Ham will see Arteta’s side leapfrog David Moyes’s boys.
But it seems the incident has caused something of a revolt in the Arsenal ranks ahead of the big clash with West Ham.
Internal revolt at Arsenal ahead of West Ham clash as players take a stand over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – reports
BREAKING UPDATE: Aubameyang has indeed now been stripped of the Arsenal captaincy and dropped for the West Ham game (Sky Sports).
“Aubameyang was appointed club captain under Unai Emery and he kept the position when Arteta replaced the Villarreal boss but his reign has been far from smooth…
“The Daily Mail say there are significant doubts within the squad over his suitability as club captain.
“While Aubameyang commands respect from his team-mates for the career he’s had, there are concerns over his application and suitability as a leader.”
West Ham will take any advantage they can get ahead of the trip to the Emirates.
So it seems the initial reports were bang on the money.
But there is no guarantee the situation will boost West Ham. Indeed it may have a galvanising effect on the Arsenal team rather than a detrimental one.
West Ham need to just focus on getting back to their fluid and efficient best.
Because as they have proved over the last season and a half, the Hammers are a better team than Arsenal right now.
And they need to stand up and show it if they want to hold on to that coveted Champions League spot.