Emery Confirms Xhaka as Arsenal Captain

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Emery Confirms Xhaka as Arsenal Captain

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has confirmed that Granit Xhaka will captain the side on a permanent basis after he was voted ahead of four other team-mates to take the armband.

The midfielder, who has already captained the Switzerland national team, was chosen ahead of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Hector Bellerin, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil to wear the armband.

The 27-year-old has made over 100 appearances for the club since he signed from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2016 and came out ahead of his fellow Gunners in a blind ballot conducted by the squad at the Emirates Stadium.

Speaking on his appointment, Emery, who has previously chosen to rotate the armband during his tenure at the club, noted that the Basel-born playmaker would bring expertise to the position, and backed him to challenge his critics from outside the club who feel that he should have been passed over for the role.

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