Arsenal star Aubameyang - 'I will honour the armband by doing my very best on and off the pitch.'

The Gabon international says 'I remember always wanting to be captain in my youth teams.'


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is absolutely delighted to be Arsenal's new captain.


The Gabon international was named as the Gunners' new skipper after Unai Emery stripped Granit Xhaka of the responsibility weeks ago.


Speaking in the Arsenal's match-day programme ahead of their match against Southampton on Saturday, Aubameyang, who has been keen to lead teams when he was a youngster, said: "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.

"My dad was also the national team captain when he was playing."

"When I was younger, I remember always wanting to be captain in my youth teams. I was talking about it with my mum just the other day actually. We were laughing because we recalled how I used to buy armbands myself so I could wear them.


"At the start of my career, I was not too focused on being captain or not. Now, it feels right. It comes with a lot of responsibilities but I feel I can do a great job. I have been Gabon captain since 2015 and that was also a great honour.


"My dad was also the national team captain when he was playing. So to take over from him in a way was again very special. Now, I am doing the double with Arsenal and Gabon and it is a wonderful privilege."


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