Xhaka named Arsenal captain

ARSENAL: Lucas Torreira & Granit Xhaka.

Unai Emery has named Granit Xhaka Arsenal’s permanent captain.

The Swiss international won a players’ vote for their preferred skipper.

Xhaka replaces frenchman Laurent Koscielny after leading the team in six of their eight games this season.

Emery consulted with his players before informing the squad this morning ahead of Monday’s game at Manchester United, live on Sky Sports.

“Xhaka is mature, he has experience,” the Gunners boss said. “We are living under pressure and criticism; as a coach, as a player, as a club. The most important thing is to stand up in each moment.

MANAGER: Arsenal-boss Unai Emery.AFP

Trust

“I spoke with him, we want to change that outside opinion [of him]. The respect he has inside is very important. I trust and believe in him. He is a good man, a good professional, a good player.

“Sometimes he has made mistakes but the most important thing is to analyse, to learn and correct those mistakes. He can go ahead with his quality, with his behaviour, with his commitment and the players voted him as the first leadership.”

MANAGER: Arsenal-boss Unai Emery.Reuters

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