David Ornstein says Arsenal will confirm Granit Xhaka as the club’s new captain after Unai Emery put the decision to a vote amongst his first team squad.
The Swiss has worn the armband in six out of eight games so far this season and whenever he played during pre-season.
While he may not be a firm favourite on the terraces, it’s no secret that the midfielder has long garnered respect from the coaching and playing staff at London Colney.
Xhaka, who turns 27 today, is captain of his country and was captain at Borussia Moenchengladbach before he moved to the Emirates. His parents also gave him a set of house keys before his older brother.
Exclusive: Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has named Granit Xhaka as permanent captain. Consulted players before relaying final decision to squad this morning. Xhaka has led #AFC in 6/8 games this season + turned 27 today. Vice not finalised, hearing between Lacazette & Aubameyang
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) September 27, 2019
Emery has spoken repeatedly about having a roster of players to call upon for the captaincy position. Mesut Ozil is the only other member of the current squad who held such a position last season; it remains to be seen whether he retains the responsibility.
Ornstein says that Alex Lacazette, last year’s player of the season, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, our top scorer, are both in the running for the vice-captaincy slot.
Emery will face the press this afternoon, so we can expect a public confirmation in a few hours.