Unai Emery ‘as much to blame as anyone’ for Granit Xhaka saga says Arsenal hero…

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Armory Chef Unai Emery is as much to blame as Granit Xhaka for the explosion of the Swiss international during the draw with Crystal Palace.

That is the opinion of club hero Martin Keown, who was confused by the decision to hand over Xhaka the captain's armband after he was booed by his own fans in a game earlier this season.

The former England defender doesn't understand why, despite the players' votes, Emery would think making the 27-year-old captain would be a good idea.

He said to Daily mail: “Sunday was not the first time Granit Xhaka was criticized by her own fans. It also happened on September 22, when Aston Villa visited him.

“Villa were leading 2-1 at the time and Xhaka was replaced by a choir choir.

“Arsenal, despite having 10 players, won 3-2 without the midfielder.

“So, five days later, Unai Emery named Xhaka captain anyway.

“Emery is as guilty as anyone.

“If you let players choose their captain, then it becomes a popularity contest and that's not the point of leadership.

"I never had a manager who decided captaincy that way, and for me Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is still the safest bet."

Aubameyang is a favorite to take on the role of permanent captain if Emery removes Xhaka's honor, with fans also supporting Hector Bellerin as a possible winner.

The Spaniard was one of the first Gunners stars to deal with the incident that forced a split between players and fans and the right-back social media post received a positive response.

Bellerin wrote: “We are all human, we all have emotions, and sometimes it is not easy to deal with.

“It's time to get up, not get away.

“We only win when we are together. #COYG ".



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