Granit Xhaka comments on taking Arsenal captaincy back
Granit Xhaka comments on taking Arsenal captaincy back
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Granit Xhaka comments on taking Arsenal captaincy back

During former Arsenal manager Unai Emery’s reign at the Emirates, he made midfielder Granit Xhaka his captain and took the armband off him it in a dramatic way.

Xhaka was replaced as captain by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after clashing with fans back in October while being substituted, after swearing at an Emirates crowd that booed him off against Crystal Palace.

The 27-year-old has now talked about getting the armband back, saying he would ‘think twice’.

"If one day the club asks me about the armband, I have to think twice," Xhaka told Standard Sport. "There was a moment because it was not easy for me and my family. I hope people understand this.

"But I think I showed my character. I am not a guy who runs away. I always say to the club, 'When I [am] here, I am ready to give everything'. It was like this always.

"I train very hard and that things turned around is the key. This [has given me] the most happiness."

The Swiss professional footballer has since worn the armband, reluctantly taking on the mantle in the final stages of last month's 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace.

"I know with or without the armband what I can give the team," he said. "But in this moment [against Palace] I don't want to take the armband back, but Sokratis (Papastathopoulos) and David (Luiz) told me I have to take it."

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