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Unai Emery hails under-fire Granit Xhaka as leader for Arsenal

Xhaka could be about to be named Arsenal captain (Picture: Getty)

Unai Emery has defended Granit Xhaka after the midfielders performance against Tottenham.

Xhaka gave away a penalty in a woeful display in the 2-2 draw with Spurs, but remains a candidate to be Arsenals new captain.

Emery is poised to name a new skipper after the departure of Laurent Koscielny during the summer and said he spoke to Xhaka after his error against Tottenham.

Weve been speaking — mistake, recognise that mistake, learn, correct, improve and after repeat with success, Emery explained.

Unai Emery defended his under-fire midfielder
Emery defended his under-fire midfielder (Picture: Getty)

Every player makes mistakes, only some are magnified because the consequence is more.

But I am really focused on the good things, on the positive performances and Xhaka has a big character and is very important for us.

He played a very good match against Tottenham, he made a mistake that was a penalty, he knows and we are working to improve, to change that mistake in one process.

Granit Xhaka gave away a silly penalty against Tottenham
Xhaka gave away a silly penalty against Tottenham (Picture: Getty)

Xhaka captained Arsenal during the north London derby, but fans were left fuming with his recklessness.

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But Emery hailed Xhaka as a leader in his side and a crucial figure in his squad.

Of course, he gives us a very good balance in the middle with the ball and without the ball, he said. I think he is very important forRead More – Source

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