German midfielder Mesut Ozil has been named as one of Arsenal vice-captains for the 2018/2019 Premier League season by manager Unai Emery.
Emery promoted French defender Laurent Koscielny, as the club captain and he takes over from Per Mertesacker, who retired from football after last season.
The new Arsenal manager had stated during the pre-season that he would appoint five players as captains; consisting of one main club captain and four co-captains. The other co-captains chosen alongside Ozil include goalkeeper Petr Cech and midfielders Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka.
Speaking ahead of his team’s Sunday fixture opener against reigning champions, Manchester City, Emery said he revealed the new captains, whom he described as “natural” leaders, to the team on Friday.
He said, “This morning, I give them [the squad] the official captain. First, he is injured but he is also captain of this group, is Koscielny,”
“In my career, I want leaders in the team. … It’s natural these five players are in the position to be captain.”
Emery also stated that he wants to build the confidence and mental level of the Arsenal players to the highest level to help them throughout the season.
“I want one thing, because it’s very important for us and for the player, is take confidence. Confidence in our work, confidence in himself.
“I have confidence in myself, and also I can give them the confidence. But then also we need to build [a mentality] and it isn’t a thing you find quickly. You need building it up in time”, he remarked.