Symons believes that Arsenal's midfielder has been able to focus on his own game after being relieved of the pressure of leadership.
"Handing the captaincy to Ashley (Williams) has almost freed up Aaron," said Symons.
"It's not that he was bad at the job but without the armband he has not needed to concentrate on anything else. And he has shown leadership qualities in other ways. He's prepared to take the ball anywhere on the pitch. His confidence levels have soared."
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