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Arsenal boss Unai Emery says 27-year-old star has his complete trust


Written by Ed Davison

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Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has showed his support towards midfielder Granit Xhaka amid the recent criticism regarding his leadership role with the north London side.

The Switzerland international was recently named as the permanent skipper from the leadership group with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil and Hector Bellerin being the other players, who could captain the side in his absence.

The move has already produced a negative reaction among a section of the Gunners faithful but Emery remains unperturbed over the same and insists that he has the utmost trust in the leader and the other players in the first-team squad.

“They (the players), with the vote, it gave him confidence and I also gave him that confidence after that. I also have big confidence and trust in every player, the captain [and the others] because I think now in the dressing room we have a very good spirit,” he told Sky Sports.

Xhaka has been almost ever-present for the Premier League duties this term and his only absence came during the Burnley game in August where he was sidelined with a bruising to his lower back and leg.

As such, it is quite clear that Emery has kept his faith in the Swiss despite his occasional tendency to make mistakes and the 27-year-old should be expected to start when the Gunners entertain Bournemouth on Sunday.

Arsenal are presently occupying the fourth position in the standings with 12 points on the board and they can go into the international break on a high by beating Eddie Howe’s side and preserving their Champions League place.

The Gunners have won each of the previous four home meetings against Bournemouth in comfortable fashion but they still need to remain focused with the Cherries possessing a genuine scoring threat through Callum Wilson.


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