Emery hints at Xhaka replacement as Arsenal captain

Emery hints at Xhaka replacement as Arsenal captain

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has hinted at replacing Granit Xhaka with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the club's captain in the event he strips off the Swiss of his duties. 

Xhaka was left out of the squad that faced Wolves on Saturday at the Emirates, following last weekend's ugly scenes in which he clashed with a section of the home fans. 

Aubameyang led the Gunners in the 1-1 draw against the Wolves, and scored his 50th goal for the club since joining in January 2018. 

The Gabon international is among the five captains picked by the Spaniard in his leadership structure, with Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette and Hector Bellerin also in there. 

“[He] could do," he responded to the question on whether Aubameyang could do the job full-time. 

“I think he can take that responsibility and today he did that,” Emery added.

“He is one of the captains and I think he can take that responsibility, but we are going to analyse the match first and the situation for the next matches and decide.”

Emery is under mounting pressure following recent dwindling results, with many of the fans pushing for his ouster.

This was the third match that they dropped points having led half-way through, following the 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace in the League, where they blew a 2-0 lead. 

It was then followed by the Carabao Cup battle against Liverpool, where they lead 2-1,3-1 and 4-2 before eventually losing on penalties. 

They next play away to Leicester in a match that could be the tipping point for the Spaniard.