Martinelli hails Arsenal’s ‘chief’ on the pitch

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Granit Xhaka won’t be Arsenal’s captain however his management skills are effectively observed by everybody, together with team-mate Gabriel Martinelli.

THE LOWDOWN: LEADER XHAKA

Before the season began, Martin Odegaard was named as captain by Mikel Arteta after Alexandre Lacazette was launched on the finish of final season. However, Swiss midfielder Xhaka – who previously captained the Gunners – has been extremely influential for the north London outfit this time period.

Often instances this season, the 30-year-old has been seen gathering players together, and his impression on the staff has proven quite a bit.

A tactical change has additionally benefitted Xhaka on the pitch, having scored three goals and two assists in 9 Premier League video games to date.

THE LATEST: LEADER ON THE PITCH

Arsenal winger Martinelli believes that Xhaka is the membership’s chief on the pitch.

The Brazil worldwide shared his ideas concerning the 30-year-old following Arsenal’s 3-2 win over Liverpool on the Emirates Stadium final Sunday.

Speaking to The Athletic on what is alleged in the course of the staff talks, Martinelli remarked: “What I say, I don’t remember! But Granit always says very positive things: to keep going, to keep the ball and try to attack in behind. These kinds of things. He’s the guy who always leads us on the pitch.”

A few weeks in the past, Martinelli additionally hailed the two-time FA Cup winner after Arsenal’s 3-1 victory over rivals Tottenham.

The 21-year-old stated: “Xhaka is an incredible lad. You see how a lot he dedicates himself to the staff, and the way a lot he cares concerning the match and the gamers as effectively – he’s positively one in all our leaders.

“Right after our first objective towards Tottenham, he calls everyone right into a huddle, asking us to remain calm and saying we’ll rating extra objectives.

“That’s when you see how important he is to all players. For young players like me and Bukayo [Saka], it’s very important to have a team-mate like him.”

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