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Report: Xhaka a key leader as Arteta considers next Arsenal captain

The next Arsenal captain may not be Granit Xhaka officially, but the Swiss midfielder is considered a key leader around the club’s training ground, according to a report from The Athletic.

Xhaka, of course, spent a few months as the permanent Arsenal captain back in 2019. Unfortunately, his tenure came to an end after that incident as he left the field during a game against Crystal Palace.

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He has occasionally worn the armband since. And Xhaka deserves a lot of credit for fighting his back from a situation where it seemed hard to imagine him playing for the Gunners again.

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Xhaka has proved plenty of people wrong during his time at Arsenal. Ian Wright labelled one of his recent displays ‘inspirational’ as Arsenal beat Chelsea. And with the captain’s armband up for grabs once again, some may be tempted to suggest that he deserves another opportunity.

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There is perhaps not a raft of obvious options. Martin Odegaard is his country’s skipper. And figures such as Kieran Tierney will always be in the conversation when it comes to the next Arsenal captain.

But Xhaka will also have a lot of support. In fact, The Athletic reports that Xhaka is seen as the de facto leader around the Arsenal training ground.

Xhaka should not be next Arsenal captain if he is happy with current role

The problem Arsenal have had with Xhaka in the past is that he is prone to making errors of judgement or coming in for criticism. There will probably always be a section of the fanbase who do not completely trust him.

And there has been speculation that Xhaka could leave Arsenal. So he may not be the best choice.

If he is happy with his current role, Arteta would be better to leave him to it. He can still be that leader, without coming under the scrutiny the captain receives.

Appointing Odegaard or Tierney as next Arsenal captain would be an exciting choice. And Xhaka is actually probably someone who would agree with that view.

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