Unai Emery says he’s decided to delay the naming of Arsenal’s group of captains for another week while he focuses on upcoming matches with Frankfurt, Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest.
As was the case last season, the Spaniard has said he’ll bestow the honour on up to five members of his squad.
Asked for an update on the situation ahead of the match with Frankfurt, the boss confirmed he’s still not ready to go public:
“My focus after Sunday was yesterday to speak about the match with the players and train and today we are preparing the best for tomorrow and I will propose to do that next week after the match on Tuesday.
So far this season, Granit Xhaka has sported the armband in four of our five games with Nacho Monreal, before his departure to Real Sociedad, taking on the role against Burnley.
Mesut Ozil, who made his first appearance of the season at Watford, is expected to retain the responsibility but replacements need to be found for Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey and Laurent Koscielny who all departed in the summer.
The returning duo, Rob Holding, who was part of today’s travelling squad, and Hector Bellerin, back in full training, are potential options, while strikers Alex Lacazette and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and keeper Bernd Leno could also be in the running.
Given their experience, it’s possible that David Luiz and Sokratis, despite being capable of bonkers performances, are also being considered.
We’re not really sure why Emery continues to delay the decision. It shouldn’t be that hard unless he genuinely hates the lot of them.