Rob Holding has revealed that Unai Emery has put Arsenal’s captaincy to a secret ballot with the players each putting forward their nominations for the positions up for grabs.
The boss has said all summer that he’d like to have a small team who share the role, but up to this point, we’ve assumed it would be he and the coaching staff making the final decisions.
“We had a vote the other week so we’ll see what happens and see who gets named,” Holding told Goal.com after the 5-0 win over Nottingham Forest.
“[We had to] write names down and then give them to the manager. He will go through them obviously with his input and then we’ll see what happens.
“I don’t know [when the decision will be announced]. I think it will be in the next couple of days, or weeks. I have no idea.
“If I get it, then I’ll be more than happy and honoured to do it.”
As far as we’re aware, this is the first time the captaincy has been decided in this way in the club’s history.
We’ll certainly be interested to see who gets the nod and if anyone gets demoted. Is this a case of Unai passing the buck?
So far this season Granit Xhaka, Nacho Monreal (now departed) and Mesut Ozil have worn the armband with Rob Holding taking over from the latter when he was subbed on Tuesday.
Could Granit (an Emery favourite) and Mesut (not an Emery favourite), who both looked nailed on for the role, miss out? (They probably won’t) If they do, how might it affect their status within the squad?
We’ll find out soon enough.