Unai Emery confirms Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has replaced Granit Xhaka as Arsenal captain

first_imgThe Swiss midfielder will no longer wear the armband after clashing with fans (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has confirmed that Granit Xhaka is no longer Arsenal captain after his explosive bust-up with fans against Crystal Palace and has been replaced by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The Swiss midfielder was substituted in the second half in last month’s match and was jeered by supporters, responding by cupping his ear to the crowd, telling them to ‘f*** off’ and storming down the tunnel.He was left out of subsequent matches against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup and Wolves in the Premier League, while he is not part of the squad to face Vitoria on Wednesday in the Europa League. Advertisement Xhaka responded to boos from supporters by cupping his ear to the crowd (Picture: Reuters)There were calls from fans for Xhaka to be stripped of the captaincy after his outburst, though Emery had initially been reluctant to discuss any punishment for the 27-year-old.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut, after consulting with players – who voted for Xhaka to be their skipper over the summer – Emery has now ended the midfielder’s brief spell as Arsenal skipper with Aubameyang taking over captain duties instead.Speaking on Tuesday evening ahead of the clash with Vitoria, Emery confirmed: ‘I was speaking with him this morning and also I decided he is not one of the captains in our group. I decided that and I told him this morning.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘He accepted my decision. And also I told the other captains the decision. We need to carry on and focus for tomorrow’s match and next Saturday’s match. I needed to make a decision and now it is closed.’Asked if Xhaka still has a future at the club, Emery continued: ‘The future is Arsenal’s club future with the players we are here and the coaches we are here. We have a very important match for us tomorrow in the Europa League and then on Saturday in that way we need to take some decisions about some circumstances that have happened. Unai Emery confirms Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has replaced Granit Xhaka as Arsenal captain Advertisementcenter_img Ewan RobertsTuesday 5 Nov 2019 7:50 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.8kShares Comment Arsenal’s top scorer this season Aubameyang will now wear the armband (Picture: Getty)‘I say to you what is about Xhaka but now is about the match for tomorrow, [that is] only my focus and our focus is tomorrow. We need time, he is one of our players and we want to respect and protect him and also continue in our way. At the moment he is not in the group but my decision is as I say to you.‘Tomorrow’s match is now the focus and the most important. We have a lot of work to do to improve, to take confidence. We were speaking also the team this morning about our moment and speaking about our match tomorrow, our match on Saturday.’Emery was also asked if he would hold another vote to determine who would replace Xhaka as captain – just as he had done when Laurent Koscielny left – though he revealed the decision had already been made to give Aubameyang the armband.‘We have now Aubameyang, Hector, Lacazette and Ozil,’ Emery added. ‘They are the four captains and the first now is Aubameyang.’Is Aubameyang the right choice as Arsenal captain?No0%Yes0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka left out of Arsenal Europa League squad by Unai EmeryAdvertisementAdvertisementMORE: Senior Arsenal players frustrated by Unai Emery’s post-training meetingsMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man Citylast_img read more

UAAP Starting Five: Week 9

first_imgOnly eight games were played this week as the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament resumed after the Halloween break.ADVERTISEMENT It’s final: Bundit still Ateneo Lady Eagles coach For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. FEU needed to win its Sunday’s game against University of the East and the 22-year-old Tolentino heeded the call when the Tamaraws needed a closer.With a 49-49 score board at the end of the third quarter, Tolentino completed a four-point play that completed the Tamaraws’ 21-8 run in the fourth that gave FEU a comfortable 70-57 lead with 3:27 left in the game.FEU held on to win 79-63 to get to 6-6, and the fourth spot, with Tolentino finishing with 10 points, seven in the fourth, and seven boards.Forward: Thirdy Ravena (Ateneo Blue Eagles)Thirdy Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo already secured the top seed in the league even before it faced University of Santo Tomas on Saturday.That precedent, however, didn’t prevent Thirdy Ravena from putting on a show in front of the hapless Growling Tigers.Ravena finished with 20 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists in the Blue Eagles’ 102-83 victory over UST and produced one of the best highlights of the season when he jammed home a tomahawk with 2:22 left in the game.Guard: Jerie Pingoy (Adamson University Soaring Falcons)Jerie Pingoy. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhat a surprise, another Soaring Falcon.When Sarr bullied his way through the UP interior, Jerie Pingoy orchestrated in and out of it. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments All but one of the Final Four spots are now filled as Adamson University secured the third seed with Far Eastern University currently in fourth.University of the Philippines is a full game behind FEU while National University will now need to have its prayers answered if it wants to get to the semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogNow that the Final Four scenarios have been settled, here are the best players by position this week.Center: Papi Sarr (Adamson University Soaring Falcons) Papi Sarr. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPapi Sarr just showed University of the Philippines who’s the boss.The 6-foot-8 Soaring Falcon towed Adamson University in an all-important 86-70 win over the Fighting Maroons on Sunday putting up a gaudy 25-point, 17-rebound line.Sarr’s dominance over UP helped the 9-4 Soaring Falcons seal the third spot with a game to spare in their schedule.Forward: Arvin Tolentino (Far Eastern University Tamaraws)Arvin Tolentino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe birthday boy delivered the goods for Far Eastern University when the Tamaraws needed it the most.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny And the game’s magnitude wasn’t much of a factor for Pingoy as he put up 15 points, eight assists, six steals, and zero turnovers against the Fighting Maroons.Pingoy’s savvy play helped Adamson take an 86-70 win over UP as the Soaring Falcons calmly perched at the third seed and the 5-7 Fighting Maroons dropping to fifth.Guard: Jasper Parker (Far Eastern University Tamaraws)Jasper Parker. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith his family cheering him on, and the Tamaraws eager to take sole possession of fourth place, Jasper Parker put on a show.Parker led the Tamaraw charge against UE on Sunday with a season-high18 points and eight assists as his family saw him play at the historic Smart Araneta Coliseum for the first time.Honorable mentionsBen Mbala (De La Salle Green Archers)Ben Mbala. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s kind of awkward to see reigning MVP Ben Mbala get relegated to the honorable mention spot.Well the reason for that is Sarr’s game with Adamson had a bigger implication as the win led to the Soaring Falcons securing the third spot while Mbala’s Green Archers already had their twice-to-beat advantage in their possession even before the Halloween break.Still, Mbala produced this week’s highest-scoring output with 30 points that went along eight boards. LATEST STORIES Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Matt Nieto (Ateneo Blue Eagles)Matt Nieto. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAs Ravena filled up the box scores against UST, Matt Nieto lit up from deep.Nieto had 19 points in the Blue Eagles’ 102-83 win over UST and all five of his field goals came from beyond-the-arc.Not too shabby for Nieto, who exploited the Growling Tigers’ lackadaisical perimeter defense. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more