Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has named Granit Xhaka as the Premier League club’s permanent captain, Concise News reports.
Emery took the decision on Friday morning after he had consulted with his players.
Xhaka, coincidentally, turned 27 today and has been the captain of the side in six out of eight games this season.
The vice captain spot has not been finalised but BBC reporter David Orstein claims that it is between Alexander Lacazette and Pierre Emery-Aubameyang.
Exclusive: Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has named Granit Xhaka as permanent captain. Consulted players before relaying final decision to squad this morning. Xhaka has led #AFC in 6/8 games this season + turned 27 today. Vice not finalised, hearing between Lacazette & Aubameyang
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) September 27, 2019
Arsenal Legend Hopeful
A former Super Eagles star Nwankwo Kanu has said Arsenal will make it to the top four at the end of the Premier League season.
Kanu said this on Thursday, commending Arsenal manager Unai Emery for doing a good job with the team.
“Top four? Yes they will,” he was quoted as asking Goal Nigeria. “But for a team of Arsenal’s calibre, the question is not should they?
“They have to start winning those trophies to make sure the fans are happy because at the end of the day that’s what counts.
“They have a good strike force but as I said, every department of the team has to be good. If they do that, then I think we will pick up.”
According to him, “Unai Emery’s not a bad coach. His record speaks for him. If he was not a good coach, I don’t think Arsenal will have brought him on board.
“But the league here is totally different and very strong. But with time, he is going to show what he is made of. Last year he didn’t do bad. This year I believe he will do better. Let’s hope it works out like that.”