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David Moyes subtly twists knife into Arsenal and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after captain fiasco
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David Moyes subtly twists knife into Arsenal and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after captain fiasco

Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was today stripped of the skipper’s armband at The Emirates and West Ham boss David Moyes delivered his verdict on the situation when speaking to reporters.

The 32-year-old Arsenal striker was adjudged to have breached club rules and he has paid the price.

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Aubameyang has been out of form recently and missed training with the Gunners last week, deciding to get a tattoo instead (The Sun).

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West Ham travel to north London to take on Arsenal tomorrow and the Gabon international will not be part of the squad.

Whether that’s a good or bad thing for the Gunners remains to be seen. Either way it was something that Mikel Arteta had to do. Once a manager’s authority is questioned, there is only one direction they will be heading.

David Moyes delivers verdict on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal captain fiasco

The West Ham boss was speaking to reporters ahead of his side’s clash with the Gunners tomorrow night.

Moyes responded when asked what he thought of the situation involving Arsenal ace Aubameyang, as quoted by Football.London:

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“It is not huge news for us at West Ham. Managers have to make decisions and for whatever reason, Mikel has made that decision. The captain we’ve got here in Mark Noble has been great for the club. He works closely with me we talk a lot about things at the club and on the field and he’s doing a great job of preparing Declan Rice for being a future captain. So I’m really pleased with what we have here.”

The Hammers manager then delivered his response when asked how important it is to have rules and standards that players abide by:

“It’s paramount that everybody understands exactly where the boundaries and the ground rules that have been set in place. Most footballers have ideas of what the rules entail. There will be some clubs where things are slightly different to others but in the main there are a lot of very similar things at football clubs. Football clubs aren’t any different if you step out of line in your business or don’t do something correctly or you don’t turn up you would probably be reprimanded as well and football clubs are not any different. We have to have rules and regulations and a level of standards at each club, and that’s what looks like has happened at Arsenal in the last few days.”

Moyes is basically saying that the things that have happened at Arsenal recently wouldn’t have been tolerated at West Ham.

At the same time, the Scot kind of twisted the knife in by highlighting how good things are at West Ham at the moment and how good his relationship is with club captain Mark Noble.

Great mind games from Moyes if you ask me. Tomorrow’s game at the Emirates is a hugely important one for us. Win and we’ll be in a great position in the race for the top four.

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Lose and Arsenal will fancy their chances of finishing above us this season. Let’s hope that today’s events involving Aubameyang’s disciplinary problems will work in our favour tomorrow night.

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