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Arteta needs to take action right away after £250k-a-week Arsenal man’s latest comments – TBR View

Although Arsenal are back on track and winning games after a torrid spell, one issue that should still be addressed is the Gunners captaincy.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang currently holds the armband, but he has been criticised at times for not being a vocal enough presence.

And his latest comments on the captancy, in conversation with Sky Sports, clearly suggest that he’s still struggling with the role.

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“It’s really hard to manage both but you have to be as positive as you can because the team needs you,” Aubameyang said.

“I always try to give my best, not only on the pitch but also in the dressing room for the guys.

“Sometimes it’s hard and maybe you are not in the right mood but you have to find a way to change it and give positive vibes for the guys.”

Given Arsenal have often appeared to suffer from a lack of leadership on the pitch, such comments, while refreshingly honest, are something Mikel Arteta needs to act on.

Aubameyang is a superb player, no doubt about it, but perhaps having him as captain is proving detrimental to both the team and the player.

The 31-year-old admits he’s struggling with both roles, so giving someone else the armband would enable him to focus solely on his main role – getting goals.

This shouldn’t be seen as a blow for the £250,000-a-week ace – he’s obviously an amazing player and great goalscorer, but if he’s spreading himself too thin and struggling with one role, then this needs to change.

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One who has shown he’s definitely captaincy material is Kieran Tierney, a player who, in Paul Merson’s words, would “run through a brick wall for you”.

Arteta needs to take action right away, give the armband to Tierney, and let Aubameyang focus on getting his form back on track – which he will, and when he does, he’ll be sensational once again.

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