Unai Emery appoints Granit Xhaka as first-choice Arsenal captain

Sunday, 29 Sep, 2019

Manchester United host Arsenal on Monday with Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial all doubts for the clash at Old Trafford.

His second also involved Sensi, who poked the ball across goal for the 30-year-old to tap home - scoring his second in a matter of minutes.

"First, he is mature and he has experience and we are living all the time under pressure, under criticism as coaches, as players, as a club", Emery said of his new captain. To put that into context, only the Frenchman and Tony Adams had occupied the role in the previous 17 years.

"[We had to] write names down and then give them to the manager".

Can Xhaka be that? "That's just the way it is", Solskjaer told a news conference on Friday.

In my opinion Granit Xhaka is a poor choice, he lacks nearly everything you would want in a leader.

Dimitar Berbatov joined United from Tottenham Hotspur back in 2008, and won plenty of trophies, and most importantly, the hearts of United fans during his successful spell at the club.

"It was unbelievable to see the people's reaction to Rob Holding, Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin, who played his first 15 minutes", Emery said of his fit-again defenders. The worries on that front are valid but there have been reasons for encouragement too.

Emile Smith Rowe is sidelined by concussion, but Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney are all fit, with the latter available to make his Premier League debut. In truth, it has not been like the old days for some time now.

In some ways none of this should matter. Ozil has been left on the bench for much of this season and it is a huge surprise that Emery has chosen him as part of the leadership gang of five.

Xhaka's performances seem to divide Arsenal fans more than any other player, with some supporting and encouraging him while others hounding him at every opportunity.