‘He’s a winner’: Paul Merson names who should be Arsenal captain

Paul Merson explains why he thinks David Luiz should be Arsenal captain ahead of Granit Xhaka

Paul Merson
Paul Merson (Photo: Sky Sports / Screen grab)

Paul Merson believes that David Luiz should have been made Arsenal captain ahead of Granit Xhaka by Unai Emery this season.

Xhaka has come under fire in recent days following his reaction to being substituted and jeered by some home fans during Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon.

The Switzerland international was made club captain by Unai Emery this season but the midfielder’s appointment has been something of a controversial topic.

David Luiz is currently getting used to life at The Emirates after having signed for the Gunners from Chelsea FC in the summer transfer window.

The 32-year-old has started nine of Arsenal’s 10 Premier League games this season and has scored twice in the top flight for the Gunners.

And former Arsenal star Merson seems to think that David Luiz should have been handed the captain’s armband at The Emirates ahead of Xhaka.

Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Merson said: “I wouldn’t have him [Xhaka] as captain. I would’ve had David Luiz as captain, which I said all along.

“Luiz plays every week, he’s won everything in the game so you don’t win everything in the game by being no good.

“I don’t know about being a leader but he’s a winner, he’s been in winning teams and I’ve always said that he should have been the captain.”

Arsenal will return to Premier League action this weekend when they take on Wolves at home on Saturday afternoon.

The Gunners are currently in fifth place in the Premier League table and four points behind fourth-placed Chelsea FC as they aim to try and break back into the top four this season.

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