Xhaka will ‘think twice’ if he’s offered Arsenal captaincy again

Date published: Monday 24th February 2020 2:50

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka says he will have to “think twice” if he’s ever offered to captain the club again, while he also admits he thought about leaving the Emirates Stadium in January.

Xhaka was stripped of the Arsenal captaincy following his behaviour towards the club’s fanbase and was replaced in the role by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

He was linked with a move to Hertha Berlin over the January transfer window but he has become a key member of Mikel Arteta’s side.

“I know with or without the armband what I can give the team,” Xhaka told the Evening Standard.

“But in this moment [against Palace] I don’t want to take the armband back, but Sokratis [Papastathopoulos] and David [Luiz] told me I have to take it.

“If one day the club asks me about the armband, I have to think twice.”

When asked if he weighed up leaving Arsenal in January, Xhaka added: “Of course, I don’t lie. There was a moment, because it was not easy for me and my family. I hope people understand this.

“But I think I showed my character. I am not a guy who runs away. I always say to the club, ‘When I [am] here, I am ready to give everything’. It was like this always. I train very hard and that things turned around is the key. This [has given me] the most happiness.”


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