Date: 21st November 2019 at 12:16am
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Unai Emery has turned the Arsenal captaincy into a ‘popularity contest’, says Harry Redknapp.

The former Tottenham boss has blasted the Emery for allowing the squad to pick their leader following the downfall of Granit Xhaka’s captaincy.

Xhaka was stripped of the armband last month after his meltdown against the club’s supporters following their 2-2 home draw with Crystal Palace on October 27.

Granit Xhaka reacts to his substitution being cheered by Arsenal fans

The Swiss midfielder had been voted as captain by his teammates in after Emery allowed the players to pick the captain rather than picking one himself.

Redknapp says the Spaniard was wrong to put the captaincy down to a vote

Speaking at Sportsmail’s ‘A Pint with Piers’ event in London, Redknapp said: ‘It is such a poor group of players, you look at that team.

‘The manager keeps coming out asking players who should be the captain, you’re the manager. You look at your players and decide. You don’t let the players. What is that, a popularity contest or something?’

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has since been named Arsenal captain.

The 31 year-old is the club’s leading scorer this season with eight Premier League goals.