Arsenal are without a captain at the moment after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was axed by Mikel Arteta, and some people have tipped Ben White for the role.
The Englishman only joined Arsenal last summer. The Gunners forked out a whopping £50 million for him and after a shaky start to life in North London, White has become an integral part of our squad.
With the captain’s armband up for grabs, White is definitely an option, and he has now admitted that he has the qualities to become a skipper one day.
Ben White: I’ve got some qualities to be an Arsenal captain
Speaking about the impact of Aubameyang’s stripped captaincy on the squad, White told TalkSport: “It hasn’t really looked (like it has been a distraction) on the scoresheet. We’ve been playing well.
“Obviously it’s disappointing for Auba but we’ve all got our heads down and we’re working hard. He’s a really nice guy, we all miss him, but it is what it is.”
Responding to suggestions that he could become the skipper: “I think I’ve got some of the qualities to be captain, but we’ll see in time.”
The Insider’s View:
Arteta really is spoilt for choice at the moment as he decides on his next skipper.
The likes of Aaron Ramsdale, Gabriel Magalhaes, Kieran Tierney, Martin Odegaard and even Bukayo Saka have been tipped as potential options. White too will be in the debate, but it may just be too early for him.
The Englishman barely has a year’s experience in the Premier League. He has only been at Arsenal for a few months and although he has settled in nicely, there are others ahead of him in the pecking order at the moment.
However, that doesn’t mean he can’t be a captain one day. In White, Arsenal definitely have a leader and it won’t surprise anyone if he becomes our skipper in a few years time.