Unai Emery explains why he wants five Arsenal captains

The new Arsenal manager discusses the captaincy decision ahead of the new Premier League season

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny Photo: Puma

Unai Emery has revealed that he plans to get to know his Arsenal squad better before settling on a captain for the new season.

The Gunners appointed the Spanish head coach as their new manager back in May after Arsene Wenger stood down following his 22nd campaign in charge of the north London side.

Arsenal finished in sixth spot in the Premier League table to leave the Gunners facing another season without Champions League football.

Emery has wasted no time leaving his imprint on the north London side following the addition of five new players to his squad in the summer transfer window.

France international Laurent Koscielny was club captain throughout Wenger’s final season in charge of the Emirates Stadium outfit.

However, Emery is keen to select five captains to have leadership roles in his new-look squad.

Speaking to the media about who will be his captain, Emery said:

“We’ve spoken about that. My idea is to know every player and to know, also, the personality of the players. And then, I think my first idea is to have five captains in the team. But at the moment, I don’t know the names.

“I need to know more and also, firstly, Koscielny is the first captain now and for me, I have respect for that. Then, we are looking at, looking for, who are the players whose personality is the best in the dressing room.

“We want to keep the respect for these players and to find the captain and choose very well the best player for that.”

Arsenal signed experienced Switzerland international Stephan Lichtsteiner in a free transfer from Serie A giants Juventus.

The Gunners have also brought in Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno in a £20m deal.

The north London outfit have also brought on Greece international Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund earlier this month.

Lucas Torreira became the fourth addition at The Emirates on Tuesday evening, before Matteo Guendouzi also signed.

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