Arsenal face West Ham United at the Emirates tonight, but Gooners are still not sure who the captain will be.
Mikel Arteta stripped Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of the Arsenal captaincy this week. The Gabon star’s discipline was brought into question once again, and it looks like the Gunners boss has had enough.
Arsenal confirmed that Aubameyang will not be a part of the squad for the game tonight. That leaves us without a captain for now, but David Ornstein has revealed who is expected to wear the armband against the Hammers.
Who will be the Arsenal captain against West Ham United?
Alexandre Lacazette wore the captain’s armband in Aubameyang’s absence against Southampton over the weekend. The Frenchman scored a goal and led us to a comfortable 3-0 win, and he is set to retain his role as our skipper.
The Athletic’s Ornstein revealed today that the former Lyon man is expected to continue as the Arsenal captain tonight.
A decision on the permanent skipper has not been made by Arteta just yet, but the Gunners boss has been very vocal about the leadership group at the club that includes Lacazette, Granit Xhaka and maybe even Kieran Tierney.
Who should be the next Gunners skipper?
Lacazette and Xhaka will likely share the responsibility until the end of the season, but Arteta will have to decide on a new skipper in the summer.
Arsenal need a long-term option this time, someone who will be our undisputed leader for years to come. That rules out the likes of Xhaka, but there are a few fairly young players who could step up.
Aaron Ramsdale and Gabriel Magalhaes are solid options, while Kieran Tierney is many people’s first choice. Martin Odegaard is the current skipper of his country, which may give him the edge, while Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe, two of our own, could well be bold options as well.
It will be interesting to see who Arteta goes with as our next skipper. One thing that’s clear is he has to get this appointment right.