The Gunners confirmed earlier today that the striker will no longer be the club captain and will be kept out of their squad to face West Ham on Wednesday night.


He was not in the squad in Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Southampton due to a disciplinary breach and it seems Mikel Arteta finally lost his patience with his star striker.



Keown conceded that it is a big move from the manager as he feels that it could have been done in the summer as such a decision could have a disruptive effect on the atmosphere in the squad.


But he stressed that there must be a deeper problem and the former Gunner feels the striker himself could just think that he is no longer the leader of the dressing room anymore at the Emirates.



The former Arsenal star said on talkSPORT: “It’s a bold move from the manager.


“I just kind of feel that this might be left to the summer and it would be too disruptive to the group and to the club.



“Too much noise around it to do something like that now.


“The player himself, I felt that if he felt that he had the characteristic to be the leader of the group and that was never in question I think he might have rode this storm.


“I think this is deeper than that.


“I think he doesn’t believe that he is the leader of the group and he is the rightful captain.”


Aubameyang has 18 months left on his contract with Arsenal and is the highest-paid player at the club.