Arsenal manager Unai Emery was asked about the possibility of Mesut Ozil being named as the captain of the team if he is handed a start against Manchester City on Sunday.
The German midfielder is enduring a frustrating season after being demoted to the bench under the reign of new Arsenal manager Unai Emery.
Ozil was regarded as a key player under previous boss Arsene Wenger and his place in the starting eleven was never in question even after performances which saw him receive criticism from fans and pundits.
One approach which Unai Emery has taken this season is to hand the captain’s armband to Ozil on the rare occasion that the midfielder is given a start.
That decision has paid off sometimes but it is still unclear whether the Arsenal manager will even choose to start Ozil on Sunday.
Thus, at his press-conference on Friday, Emery was asked whether the former Real Madrid star will be captain of the team again if he is named in the starting eleven.
“I think it is very clear, you mention it every week. We have four captains, I don’t know if you have come to my press conferences but I am going to repeat it but I think the others know it all.” the Arsenal boss said
“The first captain is Laurent Koscielny , he had injuries and couldn’t play. The second is Petr Cech, third is Aaron Ramsey, after this Mesut Ozil.”
“When he is playing [with] Cech, Cech is captain; when he is playing Laurent, Laurent is captain; when he is playing with Aaron, Aaron is captain and when he is playing, and another is not captain, then he is captain. In our last match, Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey didn’t play, so Mesut Ozil is captain. After that, they are Granit Xhaka and Nacho Monreal.”