Arsenal star ready to give up Swiss captaincy to 'lure' Shaqiri back to the team
Arsenal star ready to give up Swiss captaincy to 'lure' Shaqiri back to the team
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Arsenal star ready to give up Swiss captaincy to 'lure' Shaqiri back to the team

Granit Xhaka is willing to give up the Swiss captaincy armband if it will help solve a continued issue with Liverpool star Xherdan Shaqiri. 

Shaqiri reportedly withdrew from the side for the ongoing Euro 2020 qualifier matches, as he did not want to play under Xhaka's captaincy. 

He missed the team's 1-1 draw on Thursday night against Ireland, and will most certainly sit out of the Gibraltar match set for Sunday 8 September.

Speaking after the 1-1 draw, Xhaka indicated he was willing to have a sit down with Shaqiri and solve the issue, in order to pave way for his return to the squad. 

“If the Captain’s band really is the problem, then we can sit together at one table,” Xhaka told reporters after the match.

“If he really has a problem about that [the captaincy], then he may like the Captain’s armband. That’s no problem for me. It does not matter to me if I have it. I want to give everything to the team, whether tat’s with the band or without,"

The captaincy role has been held by former Arsenal defender  Stephan Lichtsteiner but was not called up to the team for this round of matches. 

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