Granit Xhaka says Unai Emery is yet to make a decision on who will be Arsenal’s club captain this season although it’s looking increasingly like the Swiss will replace Laurent Koscielny.
The Frenchman’s decision to go on strike this summer means it’s almost certain he’ll be stripped of the armband (whether he stays or not) and not for the first time in pre-season, the midfielder wore the armband ahead of Nacho Monreal and Mesut Ozil as the Gunners lost 2-1 to Barcelona at Camp Nou.
The boss has spoken publicly about having five captains in his squad this year, including an English voice, but it appears he’s yet to confirm who will do what.
“Nobody has spoken about the captain’s armband,” Xhaka told Arsenal.com.
“The coach hasn’t decided but if I have the armband, of course, I will be happy it’s something special but in the end, we have to all be captains on the pitch and outside out of the pitch because we need everyone.”
Xhaka also had his say on last night’s performance which saw the Gunners play well in the first half but then concede sloppy goals in the second. Having done much the same against Real Madrid and Lyon in recent weeks, he says the players must learn from their mistakes.
“I think we have had the same situation in the past as well,” said Xhaka. “We played very good but in the end we don’t take anything. We have to learn to concentrate throughout the 90 minutes in future to take something.
“Of course there are positives and negatives as well. Today we played against a good opposition in Barcelona.
“The first half was very good, the second half was OK. We were under a bit more pressure than in the first half, but in the end we have to improve. We have to look at the bad things and keep the good things.”
He added: “In pre-season you have to work and be fit physically. It was the last friendly game for us, we are happy it’s finished, we start next week away against Newcastle and I hope we will be ready for the first game and take something back to London.”