đŸ”´Inside Emery's new five-man leadership team

đŸ”´Inside Emery's new five-man leadership team

Granit Xhaka is the new Arsenal captain, taking over from Laurent Koscielny, who left in the summer. 

The Swiss will be assisted by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Hector Bellerin and Mesut Ozil.

This follows a recent 'team vote' that was done by the players, as they sought to solve the matter and pick their new leaders. 

Emery introduced the five-man leadership team when he joined the club in 2018, initially picking Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Petr Cech, Granit Xhaka and Laurent Koscielny

However, with Cech, Koscielny and Ramsey having left the club, it was time for the Spaniard to constitute another team having started the first two months of the season without a recognised captain. 

Ozil and Aubameyang are the senior-most players in his lineup of leaders, but Xhaka has worn the armband on many occasions before for both club and country. 

There are question marks over his form and longterm future at the club, having come under immense criticism from fans and former players in recent weeks. 

Fans have called on Emery to give the armband to Gabonese Aubameyang, owing to him 'leading from the front,' becoming a key figure with his goals and leadership skills in the dressing room. 

Xhaka is not a favourite among the club's fans, and they made it clear when they took to social media to vent out their displeasure following the announcement. 

Emery, however, did not keep his word of having one of the captains being an English player, having said that before the start of the season. 

“I want one English player in these five captains,” he told Football.London in July before Koscielny's departure.

“Last year [Granit] Xhaka, Mesut [Ozil] and Nacho [Monreal] were working as captains. But after Aaron Ramsey and Petr Cech left – and possibly Laurent Koscielny – I will want more.

“An English player who grew up in our academy can understand the English spirit and Arsenal values. These are the qualities and more [we want],"

Rob Holding is one of the players who many thought would make the cut, but it seems the Englishman will have to wait for another turn if there will be any.  

After naming Xhaka his captain, Emery opened up on the qualities he, and by extension, the team was looking for to decide on their next leader. 

 “I gave them [the squad] some values, some qualities and attributes to decide the captain and then I used a vote,” he said, rather passionately.

“He [Xhaka] is a good man, a good professional, a good player. Sometimes he made a mistake – yes – but he can learn and correct that mistake. His challenge is to change that opinion and, above all, show his personality and give help every time [to the team]," he added. 

Aubameyang possesses many of the attributes you would want to see in a captain, and perhaps the armband could have given him more responsibilities, which can directly push him to do even more and lead even further from the front. 

Arsenal legends including Martin Keown and Ian Wright do not approve the Swiss captaincy, with Wright, in particular, saying the midfielder 'should concentrate on his own game first'. 

It will take some time for Emery to convince the club's faithful on his choice, and Xhaka will have to ensure he ups his game, otherwise, it will be a ceremonial role if he is dropped from the starting lineup and forced to come on as a substitute.

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