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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