A full eight days after the incident against Crystal Palace, Unai Emery has announced that Granit Xhaka is no longer Arsenal captain, nor part of the captaincy group.
The Swiss international reacted to his substitution being cheered by goading the crowd, cupping his ear, and mouthing obscenities as he walked off the pitch.
Four days later he issued a statement via his own Instagram account which was less than a full-on apology, but until now there’s been no further comment from the club.
The situation has taken too long to resolve, and while on a human level we can all understand reacting the way he did, it was not the behaviour you expect from the captain and the removal of the armband was inevitable.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is now the official club captain, while Xhaka is said to have ‘accepted’ the decision.
The midfielder is not in the squad for tomorrow’s trip to Vitoria – full list here – and it remains to be seen what the future holds for him.
He is a player that Unai Emery likes, and with a must win game against Leicester at the weekend, it will be interesting to see if the fact he’s no longer captain opens the door for a return to on-pitch action.