Unai Emery says he’s waiting until his squad is finalised before he decides exactly who is going to be in his group of five captains.
At the moment Mesut Ozil, Nacho Monreal and Granit Xhaka are the chosen trio, but with the potential for further departures, the head coach is delaying his final selection as one or more of those players could leave the club.
Speaking at his press conference ahead of Sunday’s Premier League opener with Newcastle, the Spaniard was quizzed about who would be his captain following the departure of Laurent Koscielny earlier this week.
“As you can understand, we are changing players at the last moment and also with Laurent Koscielny, he was the first captain, and he left us five days ago,” he said.
“Also, we have had other players come in. Now we have the squad and we have finished the transfer market, but it’s still open in other countries.
“Unfortunately, we can achieve the last moment finishing yesterday with some players but now in the next 25 days we could lose some players. It’s the reason I want to close my squad clearly.
“At the moment we have three captains: Xhaka, Mesut and Nacho, and I want to take two more because my opinion is the same as it was in the pre-season with five. I want to be with my squad clearly to have two more.
“At the moment we have three captains and I think they have the capacity to give us possibilities as captain.”
So, clear as mud then! Could Nacho leave? Or Mesut? Or Xhaka? Are we gonna make Hector a captain? Arseblog News thinks we should. All will be revealed in time though.