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Aubameyang as Arsenal captain: Emery explains his reasons

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has cited Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s experience and the respect he has in the dressing room as the reasons for making him the new captain.

Aubameyang succeeds Granit Xhaka as the team’s new skipper after the Swiss midfielder was involved in an awkward row with fans during the club’s 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace a fortnight ago.

Prior to the announcement of Xhaka as Arsenal captain in September, Arsenal players had a blind ballot over the captain's armband, with the 30-year-old forward coming second behind the embattled midfielder while Hector Bellerin, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil were the other notable names.