Has Mesut Ozil enough spirit to be the team's new captain?
Speaking ahead of the Sunday's Premier League opening game vs Manchester City, Gunners boss Unai Emery has revealed who will wear captain's armband in the new 2018/19 season: "The captain of this group is Laurent Koscielny, who is injured at the moment. After Laurent, our other captains are Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka."
Emery has also added that these five players are experienced enough to be a strong leader on and off the pitch: "I want leaders in the team, every player at every time to have the capacity to show leadership, but these are the five players who have a possibility to be the captain."
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But the co-expert of Pain in the Arsenal, Josh Sippie, however, has some doubts concerning such demanding role for the new Arsenal No.10 Mesut Ozil:
"It’s something I never expected to see. I’ve spent years talking about how the captain should embody the spirit that the club wants its players to have and, frankly, Mesut Ozil doesn’t have it. His body language alone gives that away.
"And yes, he can be lackadaisical at times, occasionally ‘loafing’ as the haters put it. Which is what gives this appointment the negative side of the spectrum. Because we don’t want eleven guys out there all looking like Ozil. That would be depressing as hell.
"But that’s just half of the argument. The other half is where the excitement comes in. Because with all that has happened in his international career and with Arsene Wenger speaking out about how Ozil needs support, this captaincy may be a stroke of brilliance. Not least of all because people weren’t sure how he would even fit into an Unai Emery set-up, but now he has apparently not just fit in but excelled.
"Ozil has no distractions. He’s got his contract. He’s in the latter stages of his career and the doubt is still around him. If ever there was a time for him to step up and stomp all over the haters once and for all, what better time and place than with a captain’s armband? Call it the definition of defiance. It would solidify the character of the German maestro once and for all and he certainly in the market for a bit of “I told you so’s.”
"Not going to lie, initially, I was sceptical about the decision, but it has since grown on me. I do still think that Ozil has a lot of surprises. Lord knows he has the talent. Give him a bit more responsibility and we may unlock an even better version of the German than we even knew existed. And, well, that’s the exciting part. So exciting, in fact, that I’m going to go ahead and say that it’s more exciting than it is terrifying. If only just."