Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney speak out on Granit Xhaka Arsenal captaincy decision

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 2 Oct 2019 7:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link175Shares Granit Xhaka was named as Arsenal captain by Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin have backed Unai Emery’s decision to name Granit Xhaka as Arsenal’s new club captain.The Spaniard delayed naming Laurent Koscielny’s permanent successor until last week following a secret ballot of the first team squad.Xhaka won the backing of his teammates, despite a series of indifferent displays this season, most notably against Aston Villa when he was booed off by his own supporters.While he might be struggling on the pitch, Bellerin, who was named as one of four other players in Emery’s leadership group, insists the former Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder is an inspirational figure behind the scenes.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I think he’s a great captain for the club,’ said Bellerin. ‘He knows the club as good as anyone he knows what it means to play for the club.‘And also he’s a player who plays almost every game.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‘Even when he’s got injuries he’s always ready to play so I think that’s a good quality for a captain to have.’Tierney, meanwhile, who joined Arsenal from Celtic in the summer added: ‘Since I came in he’s been up there with you for helping me.‘So to see that and to see what he give on the training pitch every day in 100% and that’s what a leader should be. He is everything a leader is.’After impressing on their comebacks from injury last week against Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup, both players were left out of the squad which travelled to Old Trafford on Monday, but the duo are in contention to feature in the Europa League against Standard Liege tomorrow.MORE: Liverpool to face Arsenal as Jurgen Klopp’s side escape Carabao Cup expulsionMORE: Unai Emery provides Hector Bellerin injury update ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Standard Liege Commentcenter_img Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney speak out on Granit Xhaka Arsenal captaincy decision Advertisementlast_img


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