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Emery - I could have five captains in the team

Unai Emery is considering the candidates for the Arsenal captaincy - and he says he could name five of them for the new campaign.

Per Mertesacker relinquished the armband when he retired at the end of last season take up a new role as academy manager. Laurent Koscielny is our vice-captain but is recovering from a long-term injury.

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So who will lead us out in the opening game of the Premier League season against Manchester City.

“We’ve spoken about that,” replied Emery.

“My idea is to know every player and to know, also, the personality of the players. And then, I think my first idea is to have five captains in the team. But at the moment, I don’t know the names.

“I need to know more and also, firstly, Koscielny is the first captain now and for me, I have respect for that.

“Then, we are looking at, looking for, who are the players whose personality is the best in the dressing room. We want to keep the respect for these players and to find the captain and choose very well the best player for that.”

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