Arsenal players voted to pick next Gunners captain after Emery request

first_img LIVE on talkSPORT 2 2 Under-fire midfielder Granit Xhaka has so far worn the armband in the Premier League this term but is yet to convince in the role and was jeered by his own fans during last weekend’s win over Aston Villa, while the peripheral Mesut Ozil is the only other member of the initial five still at the club.Gunners defender Rob Holding revealed Spanish coach Emery recently conducted a poll of the dressing room on the matter.“He likes his five captains. We all did a vote the other week so we’ll see what happens and see who gets named,” said Holding. AFP or licensors Unai Emery has asked his players to vote for who they would prefer to be named Arsenal’s new club captain.The Gunners boss introduced a pool of five skippers following his appointment last summer, but his original choices did not last long due to the departures of Laurent Koscielny, Petr Cech and Aaron Ramsey. Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Emery is letting the players decide who should be club captain Ray Parlour defends under-fire Arsenal midfielder Granit XhakaWhile he was unwilling to reveal his choice of skipper, Holding described Xhaka as ‘a great leader’ and also praised the influence of experienced summer signing David Luiz.“I love Granit in the changing room,” Holding added. “I think he is great. He is really switched on to people being late, people using the phones. He is quick to dishing out the fines.“I think he is a great leader and just another positive person to have in the changing room.“He is every sort of demanding and makes demand of us. He puts accountability on ourselves, which is important as a leader.”Asked if Arsenal have more leaders than critics believe, Holding continued: “For sure. You can see it in training. The way David Luiz has come in and when he is talking in front of the group he speaks really well.“He speaks highly of us so he’s a good addition to bring in.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 16.83%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen “It was just write names down and then give them to the manager and he will go through them obviously with his input and we’ll see what happens.“I have no idea (when an announcement will be made), but there is a lot of leaders in that team who are helping each other out and pushing each other on.“Now that we’ve got these five captains that the manager has brought in it’s spreading the leadership group rather than having one person to dictate it.“You’re getting more input, it’s generating a good environment.”Arsenal have been repeatedly criticised for a perceived lack of leadership, dating back to the reign of Arsene Wenger.Out-of-favour Ozil was named captain for Tuesday’s Carabao Cup win over Nottingham Forest before passing on the responsibility to centre-back Holding when he was withdrawn. Stoke vs Nottingham Forest (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Sheffield United vs Liverpool (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTQPR vs West Bromwich Albion (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Chelsea vs Brighton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Manchester City (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT AFP or licensors Holding says he would be happy to wear the armband more regularly Holding marked his return from a nine-month injury lay-off by scoring just seconds after taking the armband from Ozil in the 5-0 win over Forest.And the 24-year-old has aspirations of performing the role again.“I would love to be a captain and being captain of Arsenal is unbelievable. It would be a great feeling,” he said.“We will see what happens in the next couple of weeks. If I get it, then I’ll be more than happy and honoured to do it.”last_img read more