Xhaka’s fu­ture in doubt as Aubameyang takes arm­band

Scottish Daily Mail - - Football -

GRANIT XHAKA has been sen­sa­tion­ally stripped of the Arse­nal cap­taincy, with head coach Unai Emery re­fus­ing to give him any as­sur­ances over his Emi­rates fu­ture af­ter leav­ing him out of the squad for to­day’s Europa League trip to Vi­to­ria. Emery in­formed mid­fielder Xhaka that he would no longer lead the club yes­ter­day, fol­low­ing his ex­tra­or­di­nary fall­out with the club’s fans. The Swiss re­sponded fu­ri­ously to be­ing jeered when sub­sti­tuted against Crys­tal Palace ten days ago, storm­ing off the pitch and telling Arse­nal sup­port­ers to ‘f*** off ’. Striker Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang is the new cap­tain but as he has also not trav­elled to Por­tu­gal, Hec­tor Bel­lerin will lead the side in a game brought for­ward by 28 hours to avoid a traf­fic clash with nearby Braga. Emery said: ‘I de­cided he is not one of the cap­tains in our group.’

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