Arsenal fans may not back him all the way when it comes to leading the Gunners on the pitch — but it seems that head coach Unai Emery does. Because the news coming out of the Emirates Stadium today is that the manager has chosen Granit Xhaka as the club’s official captain after weeks of debate on who should be handed the vital role.
Midfielder Xhaka, who is aged 27, has divided the fan base on his suitability to skipper the team with many actually voicing concerns about his suitability to make the starting eleven, let alone lead it from the front. But as Emery’s men head into a crucial Premier League game at Manchester United — they travel to face the Red Devils at Old Trafford on Monday night — the decision has been made so fans can rest easy and perhaps go and find the best online slots to help them keep their calm. Whether or not this means Arsenal have a better chance of success this season now they have a leader in place, remains to be seen. But you wouldn’t bet against them making the top four and perhaps snaring a piece of silverware that is for sure. If you fancy a punt, get your money on them soon because if they were to win at the Theatre of Dreams odds on any glory should be sure to shorten.
Arsenal go into the game against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in good spirits having picked up three points the last time of asking in a thrilling home encounter with newly-promoted Aston Villa. The Gunners were 2-1 down having had young full-back Ainsley Maitland-Niles red-carded following a second yellow card and defeat seemed to be on the horizon for the Londoners. But Calum Chambers rode to the rescue with a leveller for 2-2 before that man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang came up with the winner – his 16th goal in 16 games — a superbly executed free-kick that handed a nervy triumph to the adoring supporters.
Following the victory, Emery chose to give some of his young guns the chance to shine when Arsenal hosted Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night — and they delivered a polished performance on the night and secured a convincing 5-0 win in the process. A marvellous double from Brazilian kid Gabriel Martinelli as well as goals from Bukayo Saka, Reiss Nelson and the returning Rob Holding meant there was plenty to cheer. Gunners followers were also heartened to see new boy Kieran Tierney, a £25million summer buy from Glasgow Celtic, make his debut — and were further buoyed by the return from long-term injury of right-back Hector Bellerin.