Granit Xhaka Set for January Exit After Being Stripped of Arsenal Captaincy

Arsenal manager Unai Emery on the touchline during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium London. PA

Arsenal manager Unai Emery on the touchline during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium London. PA

The Swiss worldwide swore and threw the captain's armband to the floor after being booed as he was substituted against Crystal Palace 10 days ago.

On Tuesday, Unai Emery officially announced in his Europa League pre-match press conference, that Granit Xhaka had been stripped of the Arsenal captaincy following his incident with the Emirates crowd against Crystal Palace a few weeks ago.

"But I was speaking with him this morning and also I decided he is not one of the captains in our group". In turn, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is now the new captain of the side effective immediately.

"He accepted my decision. I needed to make a decision and now it is closed".

He revealed death threats against his wife and messages wishing his daughter got cancer pushed him to "boiling point" and that is why he lashed out.

Xhaka previously apologised for his actions following his substitution against Palace, during which he was seen to cup his ear in response to abuse from sections of the fanbase, whose escalating campaign against the 27-year-old has been brewing for much of the season.

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Aubameyang takes over the permanent role, although he was also not in the 18-man travelling squad for the match in Guimaraes and Hector Bellerin is likely to stand in instead.

"They're ideal captains, they're going to play week in, week out".

"He is just not any longer here this day, but additionally I mediate we desire time with him and to offer protection to him".

"They don't have the right characters and I think they're scrambling around at the moment and that's why maybe they went to the players in the first place [to choose the captain] because [Unai] Emery looked around and thought "I don't have one", Mills told talkSPORT.

'But now the focus is tomorrow. It is very important I res-pect a lot this competition and this Vitoria team'.

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