Date published: Monday 11th November 2019 11:06
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has made himself ‘immune to criticism’ by supporting an Arsenal fan YouTube channel, according to reports.
The Gabon international has recently been given the captain’s armband at the Emirates Stadium after Unai Emery made the decision to strip Granit Xhaka of the captaincy.
The Arsenal midfielder has now been absent for the last four matches after telling supporters to “f*** off” as he was jeered as he was substituted during a draw against Crystal Palace last month.
Some inside the north London club are ‘questioning his [Aubameyang] suitability for the role’ after Emery ‘turned to the next member of his leadership group’.
AFTV, which used to be called ArsenalFanTV, is often criticised for amplifying negativity surrounding disappointing performances and singling out players for poor displays.
Aubameyang ‘left team-mates and staff unimpressed’ in June when he ‘liked’ an AFTV post criticising Emery.
Sources told The Athletic that Aubameyang has been ‘so smart’ by ‘promoting’ their content and making himself ‘immune to criticism’.
Arsenal have also reportedly ordered the 30-year-old to ‘stop engaging’ with ‘Troopz’, one of the main faces on AFTV, and to stop inviting him to sit in the executive box for some matches.