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Unai Emery is to blame for the fury being aimed at Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka

MARTIN KEOWN: Arsenal boss Unai Emery is to blame for the jeering aimed at Granit Xhaka… he should never have let the players pick their captain

  • Sunday was not the first time Granit Xhaka has been booed by his own fans
  • Granit Xhaka was also at the brunt of Arsenal booing when they beat Aston Villa
  • Unai Emery has given the armband to a player who is not capable of leadership
  • The Spaniard should have handed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the captaincy
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Sunday was not the first time Granit Xhaka has been jeered by his own fans. It happened on September 22, too, when Aston Villa visited. 

Villa were leading 2-1 at the time and Xhaka was substituted to a chorus of boos. 

Arsenal, despite being down to 10 men, went on to win 3-2 without the midfielder. 

Unai Emery is to blame for the fury being aimed at Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka

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Unai Emery is to blame for the fury being aimed at Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka

Then five days later, Unai Emery named Xhaka as captain anyway.

Emery is as much to blame as anyone. If you let the players pick their skipper, then it becomes a popularity contest and that is not what leadership is about.

I’ve never had a manager who decided the captaincy that way and, for me, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is still the safer bet.

Xhaka was jeered off the pitch as Arsenal searched for a winner against Crystal Palace

Xhaka was jeered off the pitch as Arsenal searched for a winner against Crystal Palace

Xhaka was jeered off the pitch as Arsenal searched for a winner against Crystal Palace

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