'I used to buy armbands for myself to wear!'

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has admitted that he was so desperate to be a captain when he was growing up that he used to buy armbands for himself to wear!

The prolific forward will lead us out as our club captain on Saturday for the first time, and says it will be a hugely proud moment for him and his family.

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"Arsenal has a great history of wonderful captains like Patrick Vieira and Tony Adams," Aubameyang told the official matchday programme. "It is a privilege to follow in their footsteps and I will honour the armband by doing my very best on and off the pitch.

"When I was younger, I remember always wanting to be captain in my youth teams. I was talking about it with my mum just the other day actually. We were laughing because we recalled how I used to buy armbands myself so I could wear them!

"At the start of my career, I was not too focused on being captain or not. Now, it feels right. It comes with a lot of responsibilities but I feel I can do a great job. I have been Gabon captain since 2015 and that was also a great honour.

"My dad was also the national team captain when he was playing. So to take over from him in a way was again very special. Now, I am doing the double with Arsenal and Gabon and it is a wonderful privilege."

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