Unai Emery names three Arsenal stars who could replace Laurent Koscielny as captain

first_imgUnai Emery names three Arsenal stars who could replace Laurent Koscielny as captain Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 18 Jul 2019 9:53 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares ‘We have others like Mesut, Nacho. There are other players who can take this position also. I want between three and five captains in the team.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal continued their bright start to pre-season with a 2-1 win against Bayern Munich in Los Angeles on Wednesday.Eddie Nketiah scored two minutes from time to hand Arsenal the win and he admits he was thankful of the chance to impress Emery.‘It’s brilliant,’ he told Arsenal.com after our 2-1 win.‘They’re such a great team and it was a great experience to come on. ‘I didn’t come on for long, so I just wanted to make an impact and do well. Luckily I was in the right place at the right time. I’m grateful.‘Pre-season is vital. I always try to come back in tip-top shape and do my best. It’s a chance. I came on today and I took my chance. That’s all I can do.’MORE: Brazil star Everton drops Arsenal transfer hint ahead of potential £36m movecenter_img Koscielny is likely to be stripped of the captaincy should he stay at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)The Spaniard wants his captain to be a regular starter and he’s hinted Xhaka may get the nod, though Ozil and Monreal were also touted as options.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We spoke a little about that. Last year we had Laurent, Petr Cech and Aaron Ramsey,’ said Emery after being asked about his policy of having five captains.‘At the moment Koscielny has a contract with us but we’ll speak with the club and him about if he will continue or not. We have players with the capacity [to be captain], one is Granit, he was a captain in the dressing room. Unai Emery is expected to name a new Arsenal captain (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Unai Emery says Granit Xhaka, Mesut Ozil and Nacho Monreal are all in with a chance of being named club captain next season.Laurent Koscielny refused to travel on Arsenal’s US tour and is likely to be stripped off the captaincy should he remain at the club.The 33-year-old remains intent on leaving the club but Emery is likely to name a new skipper in the unlikely event that Koscielny stays at the Emirates.Emery rotated the armband last year between five captains but two of those departed this summer in Aaron Ramsey and Petr Cech.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisementlast_img read more

Some players in Latin America, Africa relying on food packages — FIFPRO

first_imgSome professional football players in Latin America and Africa are relying on food packages during the novel coronavirus stoppage, the global players’ union, FIFPRO, said on Wednesday.FIFPRO, which has affiliates in 65 countries, also noted that other players elsewhere are being pressured into returning to play, sometimes without testing for COVID-19. As football begins to reawaken following sports’ suspension nearly worldwide, the union said the consequences for some of its members away from the mainstream leagues had been dire.“There is an under-representation of the hardship that many players in less pronounced parts of the football ecosystem are facing,” FIFPRO general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann told reporters.He said that seven member-unions, in Colombia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Honduras, Panama, Botswana and Egypt, were delivering food packages to players.“This is because they cannot provide for their own basic needs and are stranded in terms of income.”In countries where players had started training again ahead of a resumption of the league, Baer-Hoffmann added that conditions were often far from ideal. “Some leagues are not providing testing material for the players, which increases the risk of infection tremendously,” he said, adding that, in some cases, unions were stepping in to provide coronavirus tests.There were also cases of players being threatened with disciplinary action for expressing concern about the health of their families.Baer-Hoffmann further pointed out that there were those being asked to sign a waiver regarding the consequences of a possible infection.“This is unacceptable,” he said.While players in countries such as England had spoken out, that was not possible for others. “The vast majority of players are under the same economic pressure as most people in society and don’t have the luxury of insisting on risk mitigation,” he said.“They need to put food on the table and many are returning to play with doubts and fears, because they have no other choice.”Reuters/NAN.—RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Tags: africaCOVID-19FIFProJonas Baer-HoffmannLatin Americalast_img read more