Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta dropped club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after a disciplinary breach ahead of the game against Southampton today.
The Gunners picked up a comfortable win without the Gabon star, but questions have to be asked now. This is the second time Aubameyang has been punished for indiscipline, and whatever he did this time seems to be serious as Arteta’s body language when asked about his skipper was not positive at all.
Arteta pushed Matteo Guendouzi and Mesut Ozil out of the side when there were issues with them. He could well do the same with Auba now, which means that we’ll need a new skipper, either immediately or next summer. We take a look at five possible candidates…
Five candidates to become the next Arsenal captain
The obvious choice: Kieran Tierney
The Scotsman is most people’s first choice to be our next skipper. Tierney is everything a fan expects from their player. He has the passion, commitment and leadership, but should he be given the armband?
The only concern about naming Tierney as the new Arsenal skipper is that nobody really knows if he’s our first-choice left-back now. Nuno Tavares became Arteta’s preferred option for a while, and the Portuguese defender will only get better in the coming weeks and months.
That could well lead to more chances for him which means Tierney, as good as he was today, may not play every single game as a captain usually would.
The interesting choice: Martin Odegaard
One of the first things Mikel Arteta raved about when Odegaard joined Arsenal earlier this year was his leadership. The Norwegian has been described as a quiet guy, but someone who leads by example.
Odegaard, even though he’s still only 22, has a lot of experience under his belt. He is Norway’s captain as well and he would be a very interesting option to take over from Auba.
The bold choice: Aaron Ramsdale
Ramsdale has only been at Arsenal for a few months, but he has settled in incredibly well. His passion, mentality and the way he drives the team from the back has completely changed fans’ opinion of him.
The Englishman has the personality and the mindset to become a captain one day, but is ready to become our skipper in a few months time? It would be a really bold move by Arteta, but it could prove to be a brilliant decision.
The controversial choice: Granit Xhaka
Xhaka was once our captain but his tenure ended in the worst possible fashion. His outburst against Crystal Palace almost cost him his Arsenal career, but the way he has bounced back since has been remarkable.
The Swiss international has shown an incredible mentality to be where he is today. He is respected by every single one of his teammates and as much as some people would like to disagree, he is a real leader. However, giving him the captain’s armband after what happened the last time could give rise to a lot of negative opinions.
The Hale End choice: Bukayo Saka
If fans were asked to pick Arsenal’s best player over the last two years, most of us would choose Bukayo Saka.
The Englishman is one of our youngest players, but he’s the one who has shown the most maturity at times. He loves Arsenal and knows what it means to represent our club. Who better to become our skipper than a player who’s one of our own?
It might be a bit too early considering his age, but knowing Saka, he’ll take on the role without any fear.
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