Mikel Arteta not going to be changing one of Unai Emery decisions anytime soon

Mikel Arteta replaced Unai Emery as Arsenal’s permanent manager last month and he has obviously had to make some changes and stamp his own authority on the club. However, there is one thing he will not be changing just yet.

The former captain had several key tasks on his hand when he was given the job, one of them was unifying the side.
The club had been divided among fans, players and even at the boardroom level.

Arteta has started healing some of the wounds and building bridges, but he isn’t about to make total changes to what Unai Emery left behind.

The Spaniard has decided that he will keep hold of the leadership group created by Unai Emery.

Emery allowed the players to choose their captain earlier in the season. Granit Xhaka was chosen, but they also agreed on a set of players who formed the leadership group.

Arteta has come out in approval of the system and says he won’t make changes to it, but he warned the players not to form cliques in any form.

“The leadership many times is related to how this team lives together,” the Spaniard said per the Express.

“The moment you start to see different groups, they have leaders in these groups.

“But they are not shared in the best common interests of the group and this is what I wanted to avoid.

“We have some leaders, some are more leaders on the pitch and some more outside the pitch.

“Some have influence to players that is very necessary. We want to bring all together.

“The more stability we can generate with our captain and the players we have in the squad, I think the more clarity we will have to transmit to the fans what we are trying to do.

“There are many factors, some we cannot control, but at the moment everything is OK and not the time for me to change things in place because I haven’t seen real things to make the decisions.”

Arteta is really gaining control of the team and taking a firm stand on what he expects from the players. And as things stand today, it appears they are responding well to his form of leadership.


  1. Innit says:

    The manager should choose the Captain, not the players

    1. Diogenes says:

      Yes. That’s why Arteta says Auba will remain the captain. Auba who was chosen by Emery, not players.

  2. Reggie says:

    Emery got absolutely pilloried for doing what he did over 5 captains. One captain and one icon for the players to look to and the manager can trust. It has worked in the past and it will in the future. Be brave and pick one captain, im not in favour of it at all. Love big Tone, love Vierra, they were Arsenal and thats what your captain should be.

    1. Ackshay says:

      Who the hell in this squad is 0.000001% the leader that adam and vieira were ?
      I don’t see anyone apart from aubameyang(Best player and saves our ass most matches) and leno that could be an acceptable captain. Captain should be someone whose fit most of the time which automatically excludes 70% of our squad, should always be starting 11 apart from the usual leadership traits.

      1. Reggie says:

        My point is, one captain and then you can be an Arsenal hero and icon. Making 5 captains is weak and not what a captain is all about. We have had lots of crap captains but at least they were in different teams, not all in the same one. Lol

  3. ozziegunner says:

    Ackshay, is right about the lack of captain material in the current Arsenal squad compared to Adams and Viera; however Aubameyang does not have the personality to be a good captain. My choice would be Holding, if he establishes himself in the side.

  4. Reggie says:

    Ozzie, what you are saying is its hard enough to find one captain let alone 5. Thats basically what im saying. This 5 captain thing doesn’t work for me, its not Arsenal at all.

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