Unai Emery says that he will announce the club’s group of five captains next week following discussions with the team and his staff.
Of the captaincy group from last season, Petr Cech has retired, while Aaron Ramsey and Laurent Koscielny left this summer. It looked as if Nacho Monreal was going to be part of the set-up this season, but he too departed, joining Real Sociedad before the Interlull.
It leaves Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil, although the latter has yet to make an appearance in the new campaign due to off-field issues, illness, and simply not being used.
Speaking at his press conference today, Emery was asked about when he’d make an announcement over his captains.
“Next week we are going to take the decision on the five captains,” he said.
“We spoke about that with the team this morning and I am going to decide to make it official in the next week.”
Xhaka captained the side against Newcastle, Liverpool and Sp*rs, while Monreal wore the armband for the win over Burnley.
Many will wonder why we can’t just have one captain, but it seems apparent that Emery doesn’t see that nailed on starter + captain in his squad right now, so having it spread out allows him to ‘drop’ a nominal captain without it being a big deal.
Hopefully during this season a real candidate will emerge. As we move towards a new look Arsenal, the names of Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding spring to mind, while there’s no reason why Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang shouldn’t be considered either.
I guess we’ll found out next week.