Arsenal boss Unai Emery has shortlisted these three players to be the next skipper, in order to replace centre-back Laurent Koscielny. The defensive superstar had gone on strike to push through a move away from the Emirates, which did not go down well with the hierarchy and the manager. The Frenchman was to be punished for his actions and was fined, had his wages deducted and was stripped off of the captaincy.
Whom Does Unai Emery Think Good Enough To Be The New Arsenal Skipper?
Keeping that in mind, the team are in need of a new skipper and the Spaniard has shortlisted three players, though Xhaka is said to be the favourite to be the next Gunners’ captain. The Swiss midfielder was said to be the top candidate to take the role up in the upcoming days, with Emery looking to find the right leader to make an impact.
He is keen on winning titles in his second season with the club and will want to sort this issue out first, with the Frenchman said to be leaving this summer. After serving at the Emirates since 2010, the defender wants to move on now. He is no more the first choice defender (due to lack of fitness) and wants to end his playing career back at home.
Bordeaux had already offered him a deal that he couldn’t refuse. Though they had made no official bid as of now. On the other hand, the player was trying to leave north London for free. He was asking the club to let him go, as a gesture of goodwill.
Well, the Londoners have made it quite clear that it is not going to be the case. He will have to leave on their terms. A lot of top legends of the club have already had their say on the situation. Things could possibly be resolved in the upcoming days.
The Current Situation At Arsenal And The Issues That Need To Be Resolved Quickly
With that being said, the manager needs to decide who will be his next skipper. While Ozil and Monreal have been in and out of the team in the previous campaign, Xhaka has been the main-stay when fit. Due to this, he may get the nod over the other two, if that is what Emery is thinking as well.
In the last term, there were five captains in total (including Koscielny). The “armband” was rotated between them. Two out of those five (Ramsey and Cech), have already left the club. It becomes essential now to find the right skipper if the defender goes too.
The fans are also looking for the right kind of answers. That is, as they wish to see some results. They will be hoping that the former PSG and Sevilla boss knows what he is doing. Xhaka can have discipline issues and putting the “armband” on him. It could be a risky move.
Though there is a possibility that the captain’s tag may bring in a sense of responsibility to the player’s game. It could surely backfire as well. Only time will tell how things develop in this case. Though the fans would have not wanted to lose “Kos-the-boss” in the first place.