After being voted the permanent skipper by his fellow team-mates, Xhaka took over the responsibility at the start of the season, but last week’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace seemed to suggest the pressure was all getting a bit too much for the Switzerland international.
Xhaka was substituted late in the game and reacted badly to being booed and jeered by his own supporters – which led to the 27-year-old appearing to mouth obscenities back to the home crowd as a response.
Ahead of tomorrow’s Europa League clash with Portuguese side Vitoria, Emery faced the media and revealed Xhaka won’t be involved in the game – and will no longer be Arsenal’s club captain.
Speaking via the Mirror, Emery said: “I had a meeting with him and told him he is no longer in the captain’s group.
“He accepted my decision.
“We need to carry on and focus on tomorrow’s match.
“I needed to take a decision and now it’s closed.”
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