Unai Emery has told BBC Sport that he has no regrets about making Granit Xhaka his captain for the current campaign.
The Spaniard was sacked by the Gunners in November after an alarming run of form had seen them slip down the Premier League table.
Emery doesn’t believe he made a mistake and surprisingly he still feels he is the best man for the job.
He told BBC Sport: “There was a vote to see if what I felt about him was also felt by the players, and it was.
“Circumstances meant Xhaka had a clash with fans, but he is the leader that this team needs then, and now, because of the values he represents. Also because of the respect everyone had for him and because of his experience.”
The Swiss midfielder has now been linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium.
Bild has linked Xhaka with a move to Hertha Berlin where he could find himself playing under ex-Tottenham star, Jurgen Klinsmann.
The £100,000-a-week (Spotrac) Switzerland international had burnt his bridges with some sections of the Arsenal support and they will view no way back.
What next for Xhaka?
On his day he can still play and it will be interesting to see whether new boss Mikel Arteta will want to build his team around him.
If the new incumbent does decide to strip him of the captaincy, it could shove him closer to the exit door.
Xhaka hasn’t issued a public apology to the club’s supporters for his spat during the Crystal Palace game and some fans aren’t in a forgiving mood.
Freddie Ljungberg had given the strap to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but that could all change now Arteta is in the building.
A departure for the man with 82 caps for his country might prove best for all parties.
Xhaka will feel that he needs to revive his career, whilst Arteta would surely welcome the funds to stick his own stamp on the Arsenal squad.