Arsenal legend Martin Keown believes Kieran Tierney would be the perfect man to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the new club captain.
Auba’s indiscipline cost him his role as our skipper. He’s not even a part of the squad at the moment, which shows just how serious the situation is. Arteta has made up his mind and the Gabon star is no longer an option for the armband.
Arsenal will now have to appoint a new skipper and there are a few candidates. Aaron Ramsdale and Gabriel Magalhaes have been tipped by many, while Martin Odegaard is also said to be a contender. Keown, however, wants Tierney to be the next Gunners captain.
Martin Keown: Kieran Tierney could fulfil the role of Arsenal captain
The legendary Gunners defender wrote in his column on The Daily Mail: “Arteta inherited Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as a captain from Unai Emery.
“I do feel a change in captaincy could have waited until the end of the season. The media-storm that this will create could distract the group. And for Aubameyang himself, there will be a great deal of humiliation and welcoming him back into the team will be difficult.
“But now Arteta has acted, he’s got the chance to select his own skipper. Under his management, I believe Kieran Tierney has been the standout player who could fulfil that role. But Tierney’s relationship seemed strained with his manager recently when he returned from injury and wasn’t brought straight back into the team.
“There are other contenders. Although for Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White and Gabriel, it feels early days in their development at the club.”
The Insider’s View:
No Arsenal fan has an iota of doubt over Tierney’s leadership skills. He is the ideal player to lead our side, but the only question mark over appointing him is if he’ll play every single game.
The Scotsman’s injury record at Arsenal has been poor. Since he made his debut, he has missed 38 games for us in all competitions, which is a real shame. To add to that, Arteta has preferred Nuno Tavares over Tierney at times this season, which makes a potential appointment even more worrying.
It will be interesting to see if Tierney will be given the role in the coming weeks. Almost every Arsenal fan will back the decision if he’s made our new captain, but there definitely are a few concerns that Arteta should take into consideration.