Vote for Arsenal’s captaincy wasn’t Unai Emery’s idea, report claims

According to Mirror Football, the controversial captaincy vote that has seen Arsenal boss Unai Emery thrown into the fire pit – was actually thought up by the club’s psychologist.

The Mirror report that David Priestley convinced Emery to take this approach in a bid to share the leadership duties within the squad.

The unusual decision certainly hasn’t worked out for the Gunners, Granit Xhaka’s credentials as captain were questioned way before the midfielder’s shocking outburst towards fans in last month’s draw against Crystal Palace.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has taken on the armband after the Swiss star was rightfully stripped of the duty.

The Mirror also add that a different member of staff leads the team huddle for every Arsenal game.


Are we going backwards under Emery?

Whilst this revelation does forgive Emery for a seemingly poor method of deciding the Gunners’ captain, it could lead to some people questioning his control – or lack thereof on the club.

Read More: Arsenal fans should be positive after our performance against Leicester.

Of course Arsenal’s staff should have the chance to suggest new ideas that could benefit the team, but with such a sensitive issue – shouldn’t the decision rest on the manager’s head?

Hopefully Aubameyang taking the captaincy can spark an uplift in form for us, we need to take a full six points in our next two league games against relegation candidates Southampton and Norwich.

Tags David Priestley Granit Xhaka Unai Emery


  1. Durand says:

    If this is true it’s even more damning indictment on Emery. What next, David Priestley rolling out lineup cards and making substitutions?

    Perhaps Priestley will be involved in transfers and contracts also.

    I have a job for Priestley, finding the identity of the club, hows that? Perhaps he can search the recesses of the collective subconscious as to why we play like paper tigers.

    1. ken1945 says:

      When will this end Durand?

      I don’t think we had a clue last season, when we were questioning his tactics – how on earth can the players have respect and give their all, if these reports coming out ade true.

      1. Durand says:

        Ken it will only end when Emery is sacked. Too many cooks in the kitchen. Why is a sports psychologist making this decision, and what coach would let this happen?

        If evem half the stories coming out about Emery are true, that’s too much.

        What management staff would allow this? There was an article about Pep and Emery letting team choose their captain, and how can Pepe be praised and Emery criticized?

        This is how, a SPORTS PSYCHOLOGIST makes the decision, not the manager! Don’t see Pepe or Klopp letting this happen to their clubs.

    2. Phil says:

      Declan-I can tell from your many posts how frustrated you are. You seem to be speaking for us all at the moment, but keep it up mate because your thoughts and comments are exactly what needs to be written.
      How many times ove4 the last few years of the AW reign did many of us “ Old-un’s “ suggest that we had all seen worst “ back in the day “? Well if we are not too careful those days are soon to be on us.I bet a pound to a penny those Southampton players are doing cartwheels at having us to play next. And that’s not forgetting the game is at the Emirates. Why would they be concerned at the thought of playing a team ( full of International Players ) who can’t defend, do not create, have very little goalscoring threat despite having a wealth of super attacking players, offer 20+ goal scoring attempts to whoever we play, have no leadership on the field, can’t ever defend a lead, and have a crowd just waiting to get on the backs of whoever?
      This is all down to Emery.We all saw it coming last season. Now the threat is truly here.
      If this board had the “ Cojones “ we hear from them then ACT NOW and get rid of this manager before the situation gets any worst.
      Keep writing Declan, your voice is needed

      1. gerry burke says:

        here, here, phil, old bean , well said .

  2. Reggie says:

    Some people will believe and jump on every bit of click bait going. Its sad that people actually believe everything they read when in truth everything you read is designed to get the rabble rousing.

  3. Sue says:

    Neil Warnock’s available…… 😜

    1. Pat says:

      😂😂😂. Sue!!!

  4. Reggie says:

    So is Pulis Sue.

  5. Reggie says:

    Like was said earlier Pep picked his captain that way and nothing was said at the time. Emery does it and……..

    1. Durand says:

      Did the sports psychologist make that decision or Pep?

      Pep has also earned trust of his players, not to mention CL trophies and titles across several leagues.

      But hey, let’s compare Pep and Emery as if they were equals. Question is faulty premise from the beginning.

    2. ACE says:

      And as DURAND mentioned in a previous
      post please dont EVERY include Pep
      and Emery in the same sentence
      comparing there managerial styles or

      There similarities begin and end
      with there country of origin

      1. Reggie says:

        Pep picked his captain that way, when Emery does it its crap. At least argue when there is an argument and not just because Emery did it. He is doing lots wrong but to find every stick possible to beat him with that is so irrelevant then it just means nothing, except bashing for bashing sakes.

  6. Viju Jacob says:


  7. Confirmed: Vinai and Raul have backed Emery to turn things around after their meeting yesterday…claims The Sun.

    That’s it. We have no choice but to get behind the manager till the end of the season. There will be no new manager after this international break.

    1. Mobella says:

      I hope they will shoulder the blame and resign first if he could not because I don’t think Emery has it in him to turn things around with what have seen of his team especially in the last match. A team with goals down passing around at the back as if they were leading and could not even get to the Leicester box for almost 30mins despite the quality of the players on the pitch. What made that defeat painful is everyone predicted it and Emery approach.

      1. We’ll have to wait and see. Top 4 is so tough if even Man city are on the edge.

  8. ken1945 says:

    If UE has been given the green light until the end of the season, I will be backing him, just as the fan base did when AW announced he was leaving.

    We can bitch as much as we like on here, but let’s show everyone that the clubs fans still have class.

    Reggie, this is The Arsenal, who cares what city do? We have tradition and letting every tom, dick and harry choose our captain isn’t one of them.

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