Unai Emery says he’s on the lookout for two more Arsenal captains after confirming those who’ve had the armband in pre-season are prime candidates for the six spots up for grabs this season.
On the eve of pre-season, the Spaniard mentioned he wanted five players to assume the responsibility with Laurent Koscielny, sidelined by injury until November, topping the hierarchy following the retirement of Per Mertesacker.
In the friendlies against Boreham Wood and Atletico Madrid, Petr Cech and Aaron Ramsey took the armband, while today Mesut Ozil was given the honour for the 5-1 win over a young Paris Saint Germain outfit.
After Saturday’s victory in Singapore, Emery appeared to confirm that those four would be joined by two more candidates.
“I think he [Ozil] can take the responsibility of a captain, but not forgetting Koscielny because he is captain as well,” he told reporters.
“Petr Cech and Aaron played as captains in friendly matches. I’m thinking maybe of one or two more players.”
He added: “I am giving you and I’m giving the player this position, but I’m not close.
“We are nearly finished, but like I am telling you, one is Koscielny but he’s injured. Then I am thinking of five more captains.”
It remains to be seen how formal Emery is expecting these ‘appointments’ to be. The role of club captain – something of a poisoned chalice in recent years – will likely sit with Koscielny.
After that, we’ll presumably need a couple of vice-captains…and then vice-vice captains? Who knows. Someone like Nacho Monreal wouldn’t be a bad shout in our eyes and Granit Xhaka might fancy his chances.