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Arsenal players get a vote to pick five captains

Democracy in action: Rob Holding PICTURE: GETTY

ARSENAL manager Unai Emery has asked his players to vote for their preferred choice of club captain.

Emery introduced a pool of five skippers following his appointment last summer but saw his original choices decimated by the summer departures of Laurent Koscielny, Petr Cech and Aaron Ramsey.

Under-fire midfielder Granit Xhaka has worn the armband in the Premier League this term but was jeered by his own fans during last weekend’s win over Aston Villa, while the peripheral Mesut Ozil is the only other member of the initial five leaders selected by Emery still at the club.

Rob Holding, who took the armband when Ozil was replaced against Nottingham Forest in midweek, said Emery recently conducted a poll of the dressing room on the matter.

‘He likes his five captains. We all did a vote the other week so we’ll see what happens,’ said the defender.

‘It was just write names down and then give them to the manager and he will go through them obviously with his input and we’ll see what happens.

‘There are a lot of leaders in that team and now that we’ve got these five captains that the manager has brought in, it’s spreading the leadership group rather than having just one person to dictate it.

‘You’re getting more input, it’s generating a good environment.’