Unai Emery has confirmed they’ve spoken with the players about appointing the five new club captains, and their decision will be made official in the next week.
As many Arsenal fans will be aware, Unai Emery has been utilising a five-captain system since joining the club. He has a main captain, Laurent Koscielny last year, then four others who can fill in when necessary.
Even though the season has been underway for a month now, none of Emery’s captains for the new campaign have been officially confirmed.
Granit Xhaka and Mesut Özil were part of the group last year, so it’s assumed they’ll both continue to hold their position, and Xhaka has been wearing the armband in Özil’s absence for the matches so far.
Emery explained to his press conference on Friday that he’s finally got around to speaking with the squad about the new captains, and all will be made official in the next week.
“We spoke this morning about that and in the next week, we are going to take the decision on the five captains,” Emery said.
“We spoke about that with the team this morning and I am going to decide to make it official in the next week. We have a captain now.”
There are a number of candidates for the position, from experienced centre-backs Sokratis and Luiz, to the strike duo leading from the front in Aubameyang and Lacazette.
Leno could take over the captaincy from Cech along with the number one spot, or Bellerin could cement his commitment to the club by taking on the armband, having been with Arsenal for eight years with another four on his contract.
Holding and Chambers also have a chance, as Emery admitted earlier in the summer he wants an English player in the captains group. All should be made clear soon.