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Granit Xhaka

Unai Emery has named Granit Xhaka Arsenal’s permanent captain after the Swiss international won a players’ vote for their preferred skipper.

Xhaka replaces Laurent Koscielny after leading the team in six of their eight games this season. Emery consulted with his players before informing the squad this morning ahead of Monday’s game at Manchester United

Emery introduced a pool of five captains following his appointment last summer but saw his original choices reduced by the summer departures of Koscielny, Petr Cech and Aaron Ramsey.

Emery introduced a pool of five captains following his appointment last summer but saw his original choices reduced by the summer departures of Koscielny, Petr Cech and Aaron Ramsey.

Xhaka has yet to convince onlookers in the role so far this season and was jeered by his own fans during last weekend’s win over Aston Villa, while Mesut Ozil is the only other member of the initial five still at the club.

Emery is yet to choose a vice-captain, with Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang understood to be the leading candidates.

SOURCE: skysports.com