Unai Emery faced the media today ahead of the game against Manchester United on Monday. The Arsenal boss was asked about his captains for the season and he confirmed that Granit Xhaka has been given the armband.
Xhaka, who joined us in 2016 has played 140 games for us so far. The 27-year-old, who has represented Switzerland 75 times, is also his country’s captain and Emery believes that he is the right choice to lead us this season.
He told Goal: “Xhaka is mature [and] he has experience. In the dressing room, the players voted him first for the leadership. I trust and believe in him. He is a good man, [a] professional. Sometimes he makes a mistake. [The] most important thing is to learn and correct those mistakes. His challenge is to change that opinion, improve in each match and giving us his help each time.”
Xhaka certainly has the experience of captaincy having led Borussia Monchengladbach before he moved to the Emirates. Emery and the squad certainly trust him enough to lead the side and Arsenal fans must back him for the rest of this season.
Emery, who likes to have more than one captain, confirmed four other names who will lead the side if during Xhaka’s absence. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Hector Bellerin, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil (in that order) will be the 27-year-old’s deputies and that is a strong group of players. (Mirror)
With the likes of Sokratis, David Luiz and Bernd Leno among other players with enormous amounts of experience under their belt, Arsenal have leaders all around and that should be enough to have a successful campaign this season.