Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka says he would be proud to be appointed the club captain should head coach Unai Emery decide to entrust him with the armband next campaign.
Xhaka captained the Gunners on a few occasions by Emery and could be made permanent captain should Laurent Koscielny leave in the summer. Last season, Emery had a five-player leadership committee but now with Aaron Ramsey and Petr Cech gone, and Mesut Ozil and Koscielny’s future in doubt the head coach will be forced to look for new leaders in the club. The 26-year-old is the other member of the committee and although he too has been touted as a target for Inter Milan, he reiterated that he has a long-term contract at Arsenal which runs until 2023.
“Hoping for me is not the right word. Would I be incredibly proud & like to lead the team as captain? Absolutely, but I try, even without the armband, to be a leader & take responsibility,” he told Blick.
“I’m a leader in a top-five team in the strongest league in the world. We ended the season only two points behind third, we were in the final of the Europa League & were a win away from being in the Champions League. I see ourselves a club in a very healthy position. I still have a long-term contract here. I am currently feeling very good, both professionally & personally.”
The Swiss joined the north London side in 2016 for a reported fee of £35m from Borussia Monchengladbach where he has made 134 appearances, netting 11 goals.
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