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EPL: Legendary Arsenal Defender Slams Emery For Naming Xhaka Captain

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Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has criticised manager Unai Emery for picking Granit Xhaka as the captain of the club.

Naija News recalls Emery on Friday named Khaka as a replacement for the departed Laurent Koscielny as Arsenal’s permanent captain for the season.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Martin Keown claims Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a more suitable option for the role.

He said: “This is a massive call and I think perhaps he [Emery] has got it wrong.

“This is really going to divide the fans. There are times when Xhaka goes missing in midfield, he’s given penalties away… he must be an incredible character off the pitch!

“It’s surprising, particularly how he was booed off the pitch less than a week ago.

“It’s a brave decision by the manager, he’s picked him every time he’s available so he clearly believes in the player, but I’m surprised, I must say.

“You need to be sure the captain is going to be in the team and he’s on borrowed time. There are others in that group, Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi, Dani Ceballos, who are starting to progress, so if Xhaka is still going to be a permanent fixture than I’m surprised by that.

“I would have gone for Aubameyang, he would have been a pretty good fit. It might have given him a little more extra responsibility. He’s doing fantastically well at the moment and he’s secure in the team, he’s a regular.”

Source: Naija News

Ogbolu George is a graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Benin. He loves politics, is a movie addict and a die-hard Arsenal fan. George is a Senior Content Creator at Naija News.