Under Arsene Wenger, we all got used to having a non-playing official captain of the Arsenal squad, and then the vice-captain would be the next most senior player. Well it looks like we are going to keep the tradition of the non-playing captain but Emery refuses to name a vice-captain!
“The captain of this group is Laurent Koscielny, who is injured at the moment,” Emery told Arsenal.com. “After Laurent, our other captains are Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka.
“I want leaders in the team, every player at every time to have the capacity to show leadership, but these are the five players who have a possibility to be the captain.”
So El Coach still hasn’t told us who will be wearing the armband against Man City. Does the inclusion of Petr Cech on that list mean that he will still be our first choice Number One until Leno settles in?
Does having Ramsey on that list mean that he will definitely be signing a new contract? But, even then, the Welshman is not certain to be starting the game tomorrow after coming back from injury..
And is Xhaka even going to be a certainty for the starting XI? Ramsey, Torreira, Guendouzi, Mhki, Ozil and Maitland-Niles have as much claim to a starting spot. In fact I would say Ozil is the only one on the captain list that is certain to start when fit.
Tomorrow’s team sheet is going to be very interesting indeed!