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Unai Emery has golden second chance to choose the right Arsenal captain

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Unai Emery has golden second chance to choose the right Arsenal captain

Arsenal seemingly have another situation on their hands following Granit Xhaka’s reaction to being substituted off against Crystal Palace.

The midfielder trudged off as fans booed him, which prompted the captain to cup his ears. He then took his shirt off and headed down the tunnel in frustration.

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Unai Emery has said he was wrong to react in the manner he did, and that discussions will now be had about the incident behind the scenes.

It remains to be seen whether or not the Switzerland international will be stripped of the captaincy, an honour he was bestowed only a matter of weeks ago after a player vote.

The situation is far from ideal, but it gives Emery the opportunity to stamp his authority now – and choose Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Arsenal’s new captain.


TBR’s view – Aubameyang the ideal candidate

Emery should have made Aubameyang captain the first time around rather than leave it to the players.

The 30-year-old is vastly experienced and seemingly has a great outgoing personality.

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He comes across well in his interviews, and obviously he is top quality out on the pitch.

Aubameyang plays practically every game under Emery which shows how important he is in the eyes of the manager.

The Gabon superstar is talismanic for the Gunners and leads by example through performance, and bestowing him the captaincy would be the best possible way to move past the Xhaka debacle.

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