Emery: Ozil could take armband at Liverpool in Xhaka absence

Date published: Tuesday 29th October 2019 2:58

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Unai Emery says that Mesut Ozil could take on the Arsenal captaincy in the absence of Granit Xhaka against Liverpool on Wednesday night.

Xhaka reacted angrily towards supporters as he was substituted during their 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace at the Emirates on Sunday.

The Switzerland international has been left out of Arsenal squad to face Liverpool in the League Cup on Wednesday with Ozil included in the squad.

Ozil has been frozen out for much of the season but Emery could now hand him a chance to impress at Anfield.

Emery told a press conference: “That conversation this morning was because I wanted to listen about how he was thinking now to help us tomorrow.

“It was a very good conversation. Tomorrow he is in the group.

“We need his quality, his skill. We need his consistency. We need his positive mentality. Then we need him to help us on the pitch.

“I want now like in the pre-season, like a month ago, for him to help us on the pitch.”

On whether Ozil could take the armband in Xhaka’s absence, Emery added: “It depends. He could be yes.”

 

Meanwhile, Emery refused to confirm whether Xhaka will remain as club captain.

When asked if a decision had been made on the club captaincy, Emery said: “At the moment I am not speaking and I don’t want to think about that.”

Emery then added: “It is not easy for him and for the team. He is now devastated, sad, we spoke yesterday and Sunday night also and this morning.

“He trained normally with the group but he is devastated and sad about the situation.”

 

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