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Arsenal boss Unai Emery highlights two reasons behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang captaincy decision

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang captained and scored during Arsenal’s win against Wolves last weekend (Picture: Getty) Unai Emery has explained his decision to appoint Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Arsenal captain by saying he is an experienced and respected member of the dressing room. Ahead of Arsenal’s Europa League clash against Vitoria on Wednesday, it was confirmed that Granit Xhaka had been stripped of the captaincy with Aubameyang promoted in his place. Xhaka has been left out of Arsenal’s squad for their last three matches after his furious outburst towards the club’s supporters following his substitution during the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace. The Swiss has informed Emery he is not ready to play against Leicester City on Saturday and Aubameyang will lead the team for the first time since his appointment at the King Power. Granit Xhaka hasn’t played for Arsenal since the draw against Crystal Palace last month (Picture: Getty) ‘After I started with Granit Xhaka because he has the quality to take the captain’s responsibility,’ Emery said in his pre-match press conference. ‘Then after the issue, I decided it was better for him not to. Next in line is Aubameyang. The second after him is [Hector] Bellerin, third is [Alex] Lacazette and the fourth is Mesut Ozil. ‘The first [captain] is Aubameyang because he has experience and he has the respect in the dressing room. ‘He was the top scorer last year in the Premier League and also I know he needs time to take that responsibility 100 per cent. But we are going to support him.’ Following Laurent Koscielny’s departure to Bordeaux, Emery held a vote for the captaincy amongst his squad with Xhaka coming out on top and Aubameyang named as vice-captain. On this occasion, though, Emery revealed that it was his decision to promote Aubameyang to captain after deciding to take the responsibility away from Xhaka. He said: ‘I decided to give it to Auba and everybody also agreed with that decision and now I am telling you he needs time to take that responsibility with confidence, but we give him that confidence, I give him that confidence. ‘He has the quality and the values to do perfectly with that responsibility.’ More: Arsenal FCUnai Emery reveals how Arsenal's board have reacted to his side's woeful formNewcastle United to offer 'upset' Granit Xhaka escape route from ArsenalArsenal plot raid of Man Utd by poaching key scouting duo Aubameyang has been one of Arsenal’s most consistent performers this season and leads their goalscoring charts with eight goals in the Premier League this season. As for Xhaka, his future at the Emirates seems unclear with reports already linking him with a January move, but Emery insisted he had no issues with being removed as captain. Speaking midweek, Emery said: ‘He accepted my decision and also I told the captain and other captain my decision, we need to carry on and to focus on tomorrow’s match and Saturday’s match. ‘I needed to take one decision, and now it is closed.’ More: FootballAnder Herrera slams Man Utd and aims dig at Ed WoodwardArsenal boss Unai Emery explains Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang captaincy decisionKaia Gerber sports 'P' letter necklace amid Pete Davidson dating rumours...

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Published By: Metro - 6 days ago







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