I don’t need an armband to be a leader, says Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka

Granit Xhaka captained Arsenal towards the end of their win at Crystal Palace.
(Image credit: Adam Davy)

Granit Xhaka has a complex history with the captain’s armband at Arsenal – but now the Switzerland midfielder feels he has reconnected with the club’s fanbase he believes he can lead without it.

The 29-year-old was stripped of the captaincy by former head coach Unai Emery in October 2019 after swearing at supporters who were cheering his substitution during a Premier League draw with Crystal Palace, an incident which led to death threats aimed at the player and his family.

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