Martin Keown names who he wants as Arsenal's next captain

Martin Keown BT presenter

Arsenal striker Pierre Emerick Aubameyang could lead be example if given the responsibility of taking over from Granit Xhaka.

Arsenal's Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang warms up ahead of the English Premier League football match between Sheffield United and Arsenal at Bramall Lane in Sheffield, northern...

Martin Keown has told the Daily Mail that he thinks Pierre Emerick Aubameyang should be named Arsenal captain.

Granit Xhaka currently wears the armband for Arsenal, but he could be stripped off the captaincy after his show of dissent towards supporters on Sunday.

Xhaka angrily gestured to the Emirates Stadium crowd, who were on his back after he was substituted off in Unai Emery’s side 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.

Xhaka’s popularity has drastically fallen at Arsenal after the incident, and it seems that the Gunners captaincy could change hands now.


Keown feels that Emery is to blame for the situation escalating so badly, and he now suggests that Aubameyang should be named as leader of the squad.

“Emery is as much to blame as anyone. If you let the players pick their skipper, then it becomes a popularity contest and that is not what leadership is about,” he said.

“I’ve never had a manager who decided the captaincy that way and, for me, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is still the safer bet.”

Granit Xhaka of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on October 27, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

Aubameyang may not actually be the most vocal member of Arsenal’s side, but he could lead by example.

The rapid striker is one of Arsenal’s most dangerous players, and he has consistently scored goals since arriving in England.

Aubameyang is certainly more popular than Xhaka with Arsenal supporters, and handing him the armband would surely go down well with the Emirates Stadium crowd.

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