Arsenal squad think Unai Emery rigged secret vote over club captaincy – Metro.co.uk

Mesut Ozil was named as one of five Arsenal captains (Picture: Getty)
Mesut Ozil was named as one of five Arsenal captains (Picture: Getty)

Mesut Ozil’s inclusion as one of five new captains at the club has raised eyebrows among the Arsenal squad.

Granit Xhaka was named club captain after a secret vote was conducted at the end of September.

The Gunners have been without a permanent skipper since the departure of Laurent Koscielny, while the club also lost experienced stalwarts such as Aaron Ramsey, Nacho Monreal and Petr Cech last summer.

Emery avoided naming a new captain throughout pre-season and instead insisted on holding a secret ballot that would help decide a new skipper and a ‘leadership group’ behind him.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Hector Bellerin and Ozil were named as Xhaka’s four deputies following the vote, but the inclusion of the German has raised suspicion in the squad, according to the Sun.

Emery made the announcements to the squad but did not reveal the exact details of the ballot results, instead preferring to list the qualities that are needed to captain the club.

Xhaka wore the armband for the first time as permanent captain against United (Picture: Getty)
Xhaka wore the armband for the first time as permanent captain against United (Picture: Getty)

And it’s claimed that the squad are sceptical that Ozil was actually successful in the vote.

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The German is the only remaining member of last season’s ‘leadership group’ and many of the players feel Emery kept Ozil part of this season’s to make life easier for himself.

Ozil has barely featured for the Gunners this term and was left out of their squad to face Manchester United on Monday night.

The attacking midfielder is a quiet member of the squad and not thought of as a senior member, despite his pedigree.

It was made clear that Ozil is the fifth captain and he’s not expected to wear the armband except for matches in the Europa League.

The playmaker is expected to return to the matchday squad for Thursday’s clash against Standard Liege.

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