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Granit Xhaka turns down Arsenal captaincy after replacing Alexandre Lacazette as Kieran Tierney takes the role instead


Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka refused the captain’s armband in their 2-1 Premier League win over Brentford.

Former captain Xhaka was approached when Eddie Nketiah replaced skipper for a day, Alexandre Lacazette.

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Xhaka didn’t want the captaincy

The Swiss star snubbed the role, however, avoiding his Arsenal team-mate when approached after his 84th-minute introduction.

In the end, the honor went to Kieran Tierney who gladly put on his left limb when he handed the armband to Nketiah.

Xhaka previously captained Arsenal but was relieved of the role in November 2019.

Former Gunners boss Unai Emery made the decision after the Swiss ace had an angry reaction to being booed by his own fans during a draw with Crystal Palace.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang replaced him then and he was also dismissed last year before leaving for Barcelona in the January transfer window.

Lacazette is the new captain but was replaced after a laborious change against the Bees, but Scottish ace Tierney now appears to be second in command at the Emirates.


Granit Xhaka turns down Arsenal captaincy after replacing Alexandre Lacazette as Kieran Tierney takes the role instead

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The captain of the Gunners Lacazette has been replaced

Goals from Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka secured the three points for the Emirates against Brentford.

A profilgate first half may have worried Gunners fans, but the wonderkids finished in style before Christian Norgaard netted a consolation goal in injury time.

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