Ben White has admitted that the Arsenal squad lacks the frozen captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Aubameyang has not played since the 2-1 loss to Everton in early December, after being stripped of his captaincy following a disciplinary offense.
That leaves the Gunners without their usual skipper on the field. Alexandre Lacazette has taken over the role in recent weeks, although his contract expires at the end of the season and the club will need to appoint another captain if Aubameyang does not return to the squad.
Arsenal have performed well in the absence of the Gabonese international and won their last four matches in all competitions. They are currently fourth in the Premier League when the race for the last Champions League qualifier heats up.
Asked if Aubameyang’s absence has been an obstacle, White told talkSPORT: “It has not really looked like that on the results record. We have played well.
“Of course it is a disappointment for Auba but we have all got our heads down and we are working hard.
“He’s a really nice guy, we all miss him, but that’s what it is.”
A number of young players have been brought in when manager Mikel Arteta tries to change the culture of the club, one of them was White this summer.
The former Brighton defender is one of the regular starters for the north London side and has been tipped to take over the captaincy if Aubameyang is not picked up from the cold.
Asked to possibly take over as captain, the English national team player added: “I have never done that before, but it would obviously be an absolute honor to be captain.
“I think I have some of the qualities to be a captain, but we’ll see in time.”
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