Granit Xhaka has claimed that he is willing to returning to Arsenal as captain, in a remarkable U-turn following his 2019 spat with the club’s fans.
The armband was taken away from the Swiss midfielder after he ripped his jersey off in fury and screamed at the spectators.
In January 2020, he was on the verge of leaving, but Mikel Arteta persuaded him to stay, and he has since become an important member of the Spaniard’s squad.
Since then, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have been among Arsenal’s top players. Lacazette might follow Auba’s lead and leave in the summer. In recent weeks, the Frenchman has not even started a match.
As a result, Arteta may have to choose a new leader at the end of the season.
Xhaka had previously shied away from the captaincy, but he says in a recent interview that he is now willing to take on the responsibility again.
In recent seasons, Xhaka has been a key player for us, and he has done more than enough to deserve the supporters’ forgiveness.
The Norwegian appears to be a good fit for the job, and he will most likely be our next permanent captain.