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Merson – David Luiz should be named as Arsenal captain

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Former Arsenal star Paul Merson has insisted that former Chelsea defender David Luiz should be named as the club’s new captain.

Unai Emery is set to name his captains for the season after Arsenal welcome Nottingham Forest in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.

Granit Xhak has been wearing the armband thus far but his performances have come under fire. Therefore, Merson has opined that David Luiz should be handed the captain’s armband.

In a chat with The Debate, Merson said: “The worrying thing for me is I heard the manager say he’s going to have five captains, which tells me he has no idea what his team is” 

“Unai Emery’s been there a year-and-a-half, he’s got to have five captains because he doesn’t have a clue what his best team is. He hasn’t got a clue. The good teams are the ones who play virtually the same team every week, but with Arsenal you don’t know who it’ll be from week to week.

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“David Luiz has got to be captain, he’s a serial winner. People have a go at him because one week he’ll be a 2/10 and the next a 9/10, but he’s going to play every week.

“I’m not the greatest lover of a forward being the captain, but [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang’s another one. Those front three should pick themselves straight away and you go from there – they’ll play every week, if they’re fit.”

Paul Merson went on to defend Granit Xhaka who was jeered by Arsenal supporters in the club’s 3:2 win against newly promoted Aston Villa despite being a man down for major parts of the game.

Arsenal came from behind twice with 10 men and grabbed all 3 points after Aubameyang’s seventh goal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Xhaka was subjected to boos from the fans when he was substituted in the 72nd minute and Merson didn’t see it as a right move from the fans.

“I had a bit of a go at Xhaka the other week, but I don’t like fans booing their players,” he said. 

“It’s not right and it’s not Arsenal. You’ve got to have a bit more class than that. He’s never stopped trying and even though I had a go at him, you can’t be booing your own players. “

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