Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has admitted he was not 100 per cent focused on every single match he played for the club before becoming captain.
Aubameyang was made club captain twelve months ago after Granit Xhaka was stripped of the armband following a clash with Gunners supporters.
The 31-year-old was already a vital player for Arsenal but the captaincy has elevated his game.
And he lifted two trophies for the club this year thanks to a brace in the FA Cup win over Chelsea and a solo effort in the Community Shield victory over Liverpool at the start of the season.
But it seems the captaincy has forced Aubameyang to show greater interest in Arsenal's match and become someone that players can look towards.
“I think [I have changed], yeah,” he told Arsenal.com.
“Because you feel a lot of responsibilities and I think I am trying to give everything in every single game.
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“I think before maybe, I don't know, it was not done on purpose but maybe sometimes I was a little bit less concerned on certain games.
"But now I am just focusing on every game and trying to give my best. Even if I'm on the bench I try to scream and help my team-mates, so yeah I think it's changed me.
“I think this is really important because sometimes you can also have bad days and be in a bad mood, so you have to try to change it into positive things.
"This is where I am, how can I say, it's easy for me to make people maybe happier: to lift them up and that's my job. I can say that's my job but I do it naturally.
“I just have to be the example for everyone. If I have to go to the gym to do the upper body I have to go first, then everyone will follow.
"Because the guys in the gym are waiting and say, ‘If you come then everyone will come! You know that!' So I say 'OK, OK' so now I am the first to go to the gym, this is it.”
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