Paul Merson is baffled with the decision of Arsenal manager Unai Emery to name Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the new club captain.
The Gunners striker has taken the armband from midfielder Granit Xhaka, who appears to be at risk of being frozen out after his reaction to being substituted against Crystal Palace in October.
There is a real uncertainty right now at the Emirates Stadium after some poor results of late and they have a crucial fixture away to Leicester City on Saturday evening.
The drama around the captain situation does mask the performances on the pitch right now and Emery is surely under immense pressure.
Pundit Merson is confused that Aubameyang has been chosen to become the next skipper and has raised questions of Spanish boss Emery.
“If I was Granit Xhaka, I would feel betrayed that Unai Emery has taken the captaincy away from me,” Merson wrote in the Daily Star.
“It’s a big statement to make, doing that. I’m surprised Emery did it. And then to give it to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang when he sometimes doesn’t start games is baffling.
“The manager is making strange decisions. I think the pressure is getting to him. If he was going to change the captain he should have done it straight away.”
Arsenal don’t exactly have a long queue of players putting their hands up to be captain and there is a lack of leadership in the current squad of the North London club, which is why naming a successor to Xhaka was always going to be difficult.
Aubemyang is someone that can at least lead the example for his teammates and he’s always going to start in the big fixtures.
The experienced centre-forward has nine goals in just 13 games across all competitions this season and is a reliable attacking threat.
But the issues at Arsenal stem deeper than who wears the armband and Emery should be feeling the heat right now to turn things around.