Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang did not enjoy the best of times during Arsenal’s 3-3 draw against West Ham United.
For the Gunners to score three times in one game and their leading scorer to not be amongst the goalscorers would normally suggest that other players are stepping up.
That was not quite the case at the London Stadium as two of Arsenal‘s goals in their dramatic comeback from 3-0 down were scored by West Ham players – Tomas Soucek and Craig Dawson.
Meanwhile, Alexandre Lacazette headed home in the 82nd minute to rescue a point for the north London outfit and keep them in the hunt for European qualification.
Interestingly, Lacazette’s goal came at a time when Aubameyang was already off the pitch.
But given the new ruling that players must go off at the nearest exit instead of coming to the touchline, the pair – along with Gabriel Martinelli and Nicolas Pepe – ended up celebrating the Frenchman’s goal together.
Despite chasing an equaliser, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta made a bold, yet many would argue correct, decision to withdraw arguably his main and most trusted source for goals.
And in doing so, he withdrew his captain which meant the armband had to be passed on.
In the image below, you can see Aubameyang still had the armband on when celebrating Lacazette’s goal.
However, come full-time, Calum Chambers had taken possession of the armband.
Given that Lacazette and David Luiz have worn the armband in the absence of Aubameyang – as well as vice-captain Hector Bellerin – and were both on the pitch, it may come as a surprise that Chambers took over.
With that said, he is one of the longest-serving first-team players at the club having joined from Southampton in the summer of 2015 and perhaps pulls rank because of that.
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Not only would Chambers finish the game as Arsenal captain, he was named Sky Sports’ man-of-the-match after being involved in two goals and was praised by Arteta in a post-match press interview.
“He was really good,” said the Spaniard. “He’s been training really well. It’s a player that as well gives us something else. He gives us some height in the back line which we need with the team that we have at the moment.
“He was superb, he was really efficient in the final third as well. I think he had a great performance.”