Unai Emery responds to criticism from Arsenal fans over Granit Xhaka captaincy decision

first_imgUnai Emery responds to criticism from Arsenal fans over Granit Xhaka captaincy decision Emery reflects on 4-0 win over Standard LiegeTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:03FullscreenEmery reflects on 4-0 win over Standard Liegehttps://metro.co.uk/video/emery-reflects-4-0-win-standard-liege-2019524/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Arsenal are currently fourth in the Premier League and top of their Europa League group.The Gunners finished fifth last term and reached the Europa League final, but Emery is keen to ‘achieve more’ this season and ultimately secure Arsenal’s return to the Champions League.‘Our challenge in the season is to play for the possibility to win some titles, and the mentality [we have] is to go to the Champions League in the next year,’ Emery added to Sky Sports.‘Last year we finished outside the top four in the table but we were close. This year we want to achieve one step more ahead.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 4 Oct 2019 9:17 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link177Sharescenter_img Unai Emery has responded to criticism over his decision to name Granit Xhaka Arsenal captain (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery insists he has the utmost faith in Granit Xhaka after receiving a backlash over his Arsenal captaincy decision.Switzerland international Xhaka was announced as Emery’s permanent Arsenal skipper last week.The 27-year-old won a players’ vote to become captain and heads a leadership group that also contains forwards Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, midfielder Mesut Ozil and defender Hector Bellerin.A number of Arsenal fans have criticised Emery’s captaincy decision, while Gunners hero Paul Merson called it ‘pathetic’.ADVERTISEMENT Xhaka was appointed Arsenal’s permanent skipper last week (Picture: Getty)But Emery said: ‘They [the players], with the vote, it gave him confidence and I also gave him that confidence after that.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘And now – small things or big things – we are going to work individually and collectively to be strong.‘And also to show our supporters, and to show in our way, how we can be strong with all the players and that captain.‘I also have big confidence and trust in every player, the captain [and the others] because I think now in the dressing room we have a very good spirit.’ Advertisementlast_img

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