English Premier League club, Arsenal have been under pressure to replace it’s team captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Naija News understands.
The calls became more intense after the Gabonese player was dropped for Arsenal’s clash against Southampton over the weekend for breaching a disciplinary rule.
The 32-year-old player’s actions in recent weeks have been heavily criticized with several calls from fans and pundits for him to be stripped of the armband.
Although the club manager, Mikel Arteta has yet to decide if Aubameyang will remain captain or not, The Mirror listed five realistic candidates to replace the player.
The players listed for the replacement includes Ben White, Gabriel, Aaron Ramsdale, Alexandre Lacazette, and Granit Xhaka.
Naija News understands that Ben White recently joined the Gunners in the summer but has received a high rate at the Emirates having been signed for a mouthwatering £50 million.
Brazil international Gabriel is another player being tipped for the captaincy.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation on Sunday ended rumours as it announced the sacking of the nation’s football team coach, Gernot Rohr.
Naija News understands that there have been rumours of the German being sacked, a development which was debunked in several notifications by the NFF.
However, the football federation today made it public it has sacked Rohr and appointed Augustine Eguavoen, the current NFF Technical Director, as the Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles on an interim basis.
A statement from the nation’s football governing body reads: “This is with immediate effect, and follows the termination of the relationship with Franco-German Gernot Rohr, who has been in charge of the three-time African champions for the past 64 months, and is Nigeria’s longest-serving manager.”
The statement added, “Following a virtual meeting of the NFF Executive Committee on Sunday, it was decided that Eguavoen will work with Salisu Yusuf (Chief Coach); Paul Aigbogun (Assistant Coach); Joseph Yobo (Assistant Coach); Dr Terry Eguaoje (Assistant Coach) and Aloysius Agu (Goalkeeper Trainer).
“Former Nigeria captains Augustine ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu and Garba Lawal have been appointed to provide technical and ambassadorial support for the crew.”
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