It had appeared as though Unai Emery was reluctant to name one captain at Arsenal.
The former Sevilla boss has previously stated that he likes to have a group of three to five players, all of whom can lead the team on the field at any point during the match.
That still remains the case, but he has now given the main responsibility to one man in particular. On Friday, during his pre-match conference ahead of the Manchester United game on Monday, he confirmed that Switzerland international Granit Xhaka will be given the captain’s armband first moving forward.
The former Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder is one of the more senior players in the squad, having made 140 appearances for the north London outfit, and he has therefore been seen as a good choice to lead the dressing room.
Well, not for the Arsenal fans, perhaps. They have been reacting to the news on Twitter, and it is fair to say they are far from happy.
You can see some of the best comments from the social media platform below.
I’m really concerned that we have confirmed Xhaka as captain, the rest of the playing body is now going to look up to a error prone leader who brings nothing special to the first team, Xhakis going to be Unai Emery’s undoing
— Gerard Adjah (@kofiadjah) September 27, 2019
Xhaka as captain, after all those mistakes and countless errors. That’s a sackable offence to give him the captain armband, like it’s a joke. Emery just made it clear even more now that he will won’t be dropped regardless of how shit he is.
— Iᴍʀäɴ ?? (@Imrann_AFC) September 27, 2019
I think he made a rod for own back choosing Xhaka
— Arsenal since 1972 only follow Arsenal fans (@omarelkilary) September 27, 2019
Xhaka as captain is a woeful decision
— CE???? (Depressed Arsenal Fan) (@ce_on1) September 27, 2019
Never on this planet should Xhaka be captain!! @UnaiEmery_ is a bottler!! Passed the buck MASSIVE time!! Xhaka should never start a game. Some say Luiz as captain! No! Even bigger liability!! Either @RobHolding95 or better still Lucas Torreira who’s a fighter and a starter!
— SackEmeryToday!! (@rfstokes44) September 27, 2019
Xhaka, on one side, is akways a calamity keep on giving away penalties cheaply game after game.
Auba on the other hands continuously saving Arsenal with vit and decisive goals, and very popular with the squad and fans.
— Nazri.011_Arsenal (@MohamadNazri011) September 27, 2019
Arsenal is finished!!!Xhaka is our captain ohh my….Wrong decision again from Emery.
— Lameck MeX (@cklameck) September 27, 2019
Just when I thought I will have a great weekend, I got to know that Xhaka has been made Arsenal captain
— Faraz Ahmad (@faraz_dilse) September 27, 2019