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that Granit Xhaka is no longer Arsenal captain after his explosive bust-up with fans against Crystal Palace and has been replaced by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The Swiss midfielder was substituted in the second half in last month’s match and was jeered by supporters, responding by cupping his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

Fire, Explosion at LA Hash Oil Manufacturer Injures 11 Firefighters

first_imgHowever, as first responders arrived on the scene, they saw firefighters exit the building with burns and other injuries. Officials have not provided details on the conditions of the injured.The department ultimately issued a “mayday” call and characterized the incident as a “major emergency.” At that point, more than 200 firefighters were called to assist.Scott described the business where the blaze originated as a maker of “butane honey oil.” Butane is an odorless gas that ignites easily, and honey oil is extracted from cannabis. An explosion at a hash oil manufacturer in downtown Los Angeles injured 11 firefighters and spread to nearby buildings.Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Erik Scott says “one significant explosion” shook the area around 6:30 p.m. Saturday.LAFD spokesman Nicholas Prange said there was nothing unusual until the explosion occurred.Update MAYDAY #StructureFire; INC#1073; 6:26PM; 327 E Boyd St; https://t.co/WjQ6oryhNa; #Downtown; An explosion on scene has caused a MAYDAY with approx 10 firefighters down and multiple buildings on fire. This has been upgraded … https://t.co/O5FoQxYNhf— LAFD (@LAFD) May 17, 2020last_img read more