Arsenal stars MISS “nice guy” Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, says Ben White

Arsenal players miss exiled striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who continues to work away from the rest of the first team, said defender Ben White.

Aubameyang was removed from office earlier this month by Chef Mikel Arteta and has not been involved since his late return from a trip to see his ailing mother.

Sports mail reported last week that the 32-year-old was not involved in first-team training at the club’s Colney headquarters in London, a development that raises further doubts about his future in north London.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been banned from Arsenal's first team for his behavior

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been banned from Arsenal’s first team for his behavior

Defender Ben White (right) has revealed that the

Defender Ben White (right) has revealed that the “nice guy” Aubameyang is missing in the locker room

With the cloud of Aubameyang’s future hanging over the north London club, White was asked if this would affect the rest of the dressing room ahead of their Boxing Day game against Norwich.

White told talkSPORT: “It didn’t really look like that on the score sheet. We played well.

“Of course it’s disappointing for Auba, but we’ve all bowed our heads and are working hard.

“He’s a really nice guy, we all miss him, but it is what it is.”

It is now up to Arteta to select a successor to the armband and, while wishing to establish a leadership group, White believes he has “some of the qualities” required to succeed Aubameyang.

Mikel Arteta (right) was ruthless with his £ 350,000-a-week striker (left) when he exiled him

Mikel Arteta (right) was ruthless with his £ 350,000-a-week striker (left) when he exiled him

On the potential captaincy, Arsenal added £ 50million summer signing: “I’ve never done this before but it would of course be an absolute honor to be the captain.

“I think I have some of the qualities to be a captain but we’ll see in time.”

This week Arteta stepped out to defend his ruthless treatment of the Gabonese striker, insisting that he not rule Arsenal like a dictator.

“I don’t base my authority on being dictatorial or inconsiderate,” Arteta said. “I only ask for respect and commitment. If I don’t get that, I’ll pack my bags at that level and go somewhere else because that’s the minimum I can ask for.

“I’m sorry, but I expect that from everyone who works for the club, first and foremost from me. The day I don’t do that, I’ll go through that door and go and do something else. It is that clear.

“To be successful you have to have a passion for something and if you want to represent a club of this size with its history, that’s the minimum standard you have to bring.

White said it would be

White said it would be “an honor” to be chosen to succeed Aubameyang as captain

Aubameyang returned to France earlier this month to visit his mother, who was uncomfortable, but the Gunners forward came back late from the trip and was later punished

Aubameyang returned to France earlier this month to visit his mother, who was uncomfortable, but the Gunners forward came back late from the trip and was later punished

“I’m not going to ask anyone to throw the ball in the top corner every time they hit it, but I’m going to ask them to do the right things for this club every day. That’s for sure.’

Aubameyang is expected to compete with Gabon for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and is not expected to compete with returning to Arsenal unless it has been sold.

Barcelona have been alerted of Aubameyang’s exile and would be interested in loaning him out next month.

But his £ 350,000 weekly wage is a potential stumbling block for the insolvent Catalan club.

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