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Arsenal news: Holding and Chambers in frame as Emery seeks English player for captaincy group

Unai Emery has revealed he wants to include an English player in his captaincy group this season.

Arsenal head coach Emery is constructing a new pool of potential skippers after seeing last year’s dismantled.

He picked five players ahead of his first season in charge but Petr Cech and Aaron Ramsey have now left and club captain Laurent Koscielny has gone on strike in a bid to force a move away from the Emirates.

Unai Emery has hinted that Rob Holding could be among the quintet of Arsenal captains

Unai Emery has hinted that Rob Holding could be among the quintet of Arsenal captains

Granit Xhaka – the leading contender to replace Koscielny who Emery appeared to confirm looks set to be stripped of the captaincy at least after going on strike – and Mesut Ozil remain while Nacho Monreal will also be promoted to Emery’s group for the new season.

At least one of the two remaining places will be filled by an Englishman, raising the prospect of the likes of Rob Holding, Calum Chambers or Ainsley Maitland-Niles being earmarked for extra responsibility this season.

Emery said: ‘In a captain I look for experience of leadership, being an example on and off the pitch, character and communication with the coach and other players, capacity to speak and to be there for supporters, a good connection and communication with the club.

‘I want one English player in these five captains. An English player who grew up in our academy can understand the English spirit and Arsenal values. These are the qualities and more [we want].

Granit Xhaka (above) is the leading contender to replace Laurent Koscielny as club captain

Granit Xhaka (above) is the leading contender to replace Laurent Koscielny as club captain

‘Last year Xhaka, Mesut and Nacho were working as captains. But after Aaron Ramsey and Petr Cech left – and possibly Laurent Koscielny – I will want more.’

Emery insisted he will have no hesitation giving the armband to one of his home-grown youngsters.

He added: ‘We lost some players with big experience and a long time in England and Arsenal like Cech and Ramsey. We lost Koscielny too.

‘They started one day being captain when they were young. We have young players with experience, players starting for the first time to be considered as captains.

‘If we decide on a player they have the capacity and deserve to have the opportunity to be captain.’

 

Original article: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-7263247/Arsenal-news-Holding-Chambers-frame-Emery-seeks-English-player-captaincy-group.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490

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