Arsenal: Top 5 takeaways of the season so far

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2. If all else fails, Xhaka is a reliable option

I am, of course, talking about the claim for captaincy should Aubameyang leave this summer, which unfortunately seems like a real possibility. It may be a controversial one, but I would give it back to Granit Xhaka.

The Swiss international had his privileges refuted when he made an inexcusable gesture to the Arsenal fans after being substituted off. However, it was bound to be emotional for him and he has stuck to his word in winning back their trust.

He is now an important figurehead under Mikel Arteta and I labelled him as my most improved player of the season at Arsenal. For good reason too. That said, I would grant him the captaincy once more if Aubameyang leaves.

1. Mikel Arteta has worked wonders

I’ve made it no secret in the past; I love Arteta.

The work he has performed at Arsenal even made me question whether he was the right choice when Arsene Wenger first left. However, I’m glad he was appointed now as his impact has been instant yet phenomenal.

He has improved many players, including Nicolas Pepe, Granit Xhaka and Shkodran Mustafi, all of which struggled under Unai Emery.

Arteta deemed himself to be gorgeous as a player, but he has grown even more gorgeous as a manager. I for one can’t wait to see how he transforms Arsenal from the ruins.

Next. Granit Xhaka is Arsenal's most improved player of 2020. dark

What have you made of the season so far?