Respected BBC journalist David Ornstein, who is regarded as an authoritative voice when it comes to Arsenal has confirmed that Granit Xhaka is set to be announced the permanent Arsenal captain.
Taking to Twitter Ornstein said that the players have been consulted, however, there is no clarity on whether this was what the players had voted for or if Emery has made the decision himself.
Ornstein also tweeted that a vice-captain has not yet been confirmed and that it is between Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Exclusive: Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has named Granit Xhaka as permanent captain. Consulted players before relaying final decision to squad this morning. Xhaka has led #AFC in 6/8 games this season + turned 27 today. Vice not finalised, hearing between Lacazette & Aubameyang
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) September 27, 2019
If it is confirmed that Xhaka is the players choice then there cannot be any real criticism aimed at Emery, he will have gone with what the players have themselves wanted.
However, if this is the manager’s decision and the vote of the players ignored then he will be storing up problems for himself at a later date.
It has to be said that this decision will not be popular among the fans who have turned against the Swiss international and it does show a bit of a disconnect between the club and the fans on this one specific issue.
Regardless, if Xhaka is confirmed this afternoon then as Arsenal fans we have to support him, there is absolutely no sense in booing him when he next takes to the field.