Why fans shouldn’t complain about Xhaka being the Arsenal captain
There was a terrible uproar from Arsenal fans after Unai Emery announced that Granit Xhaka should be the new Arsenal captain, especially as is the one player that has been directly responsible for the most goals conceded than any other player.
Almost nobody cared that Emery had told us that he was the most popular choice by his team-mates, with some people saying that they didn’t believe because it was a secret poll with the other players not knowing who each had named as their favourite Arsenal captain.
But in a new interview with Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin on Arsenal Player (as quoted on Football London), both players have come out in Xhaka’s defence and says the honour is fully deserved. They were asked: “How good a leader is Granit Xhaka, and what is he like behind the scenes?”
Bellerin said: “I think he’s a great captain for the club,”
“He knows the club as good as anyone, he knows what it means to play for the club, and also he’s a player that plays almost every game.
“Even when he’s got little injuries, he’s always ready to play so I think that’s a good quality for a captain to have.”
And this is what Tierney replied: “Since I came in, he’s been up there with [Bellerin] as well for helping me,”
“So to see that and to see what he gives on the training pitch, every day is 100 per cent and that’s what a leader should be. He is everything a leader is.”
So, as far as I am concerned, then if Xhaka is respected and listened to by our young players (and there are a lot of them now) then he has surely earned the right to the armband?