Granit Xhaka loses Arsenal captaincy to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after Emirates outburst

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However, head coach Unai Emery has confirmed Xhaka will no longer captain Arsenal and striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will take the armband instead.

"He accepted my decision".

The midfielder has not played for Arsenal since and was left out of the traveling squad for Wednesday's game.

Xhaka has since been stripped of the club captaincy, but when asked on Tuesday whether he would play again for the club, manager Unai Emery's response was very non-committal.

He might very well be a leader off the pitch, but the issue with giving him the Arsenal captaincy over Aubameyang initially, was that Xhaka hardly ever leads by example on the football pitch.

"I have spoken to Granit and he is no longer one of the captains in the group", Emery said at a news conference to preview Wednesday's game. I needed to take a decision and now it's closed'.

'As a dressing room we have to be together.

He revealed death threats against his wife and messages wishing his daughter got cancer pushed him to "boiling point" and that is why he lashed out.

Former captain Laurent Koscielny left under a cloud during the summer after refusing to travel on the club's pre-season tour of the United States, eventually being sold to Bordeaux.

Emery further reiterated that Aubameyang is the primary captain of the side, but Hector Bellerin, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil are all vice-captains behind him in the pecking order. He's not here today but also I think we need to take time with him, first to protect him and also to be calm and training with us every day.

The report says that Xhaka's career could be at a crossroads and a future at Arsenal may not be a surety for the Swiss midfielder after his actions against the fans.

"Arsenal at home, for me, it's like a basketball match", Wright told BBC Sport.

Click through the mini-gallery above to see Arsenal's current four captains. My focus is for tomorrow.



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