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A close look at the credentials of the leading candidates for Arsenal’s captaincy

It’s no longer news that Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been stripped of the club’s captaincy due to a disciplinary breach.

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Arsenal would now need to find a new captain as they carry on their season. In this article, we’d look at the credentials of some of the leading candidates that have emerged.

Alexander Lacazette:

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Lacazette is one of the senior players in the Arsenal squad and he usually puts on the arm band in Aubameyang’s absence like he did in the game against Southampton on Wednesday and he surely has the leadership qualities and personality.

However, the Frenchman is prime to leave Arsenal very soon as his contract expires at the end of the season, so making him captain does not seem like the most feasible solution.

Kieran Tierney:

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Very much a fan favourite and one of Arsenal’s best players. Scottish left-back Kieran Tierney has been tipped to become the Gunners’ next captain.

According to many, Tierney’s got the personality and character of the proper Arsenal player as he’s shown in his performances that he’s got that DNA and mentality of the club’s past legends and great players. Hence, he could be a great pick. His incessant injuries could serve as a stumbling block though.

Ben White:

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Ben White joined Arsenal from Brighton in the summer for £50 million and has made a bright start at the Emirates so far.

White has led the Gunners backline excellently this season and despite being less than six months old at the club he commands the respect of his teammates and he obviously leads by example.

Gabriel Magalhaes:

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Gabriel is currently in his second season at Arsenal and alongside Ben White, the Brazilian has excellently led the Arsenal backline this season and he’s obviously showed leadership and personality.

Martin Ødegaard

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The young Norwegian is arguably the strongest contender and Mikel Arteta’s most likely choice.

Ødegaard was on loan at Arsenal from Real Madrid last season before he permanently joined in the summer and Mikel Arteta was full of praise for the youngsters at the time.

“I’m not surprised after sharing some time with him now. I’m not surprised at all. He’s got this personality, he’s a really humble and easygoing guy but at the same time, he’s very, very professional and very dedicated.

“He leads by example, which normally a captain should do.” Arteta said while speaking in a press conference in March.

Marin Ødegaard currently captains Norway’s national team, leading the likes of Erling Haaland, Josh King and co. A big plus to his leadership credentials and it would come as no surprise at all if the former Real Madrid player is made captain of Arsenal.

Aaron Ramsdale:

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The English goalkeeper joined Arsenal from Sheffield United earlier this season and he’s already w displaced Bernd Leno from the number one spot.

Ramsdale is said to be a very popular figure at Arsenal as a whole as he’s established a very good connection with most of the players and staff alike. He’s also a fan favourite as well and has shown great leadership and commitment on the pitch for Arsenal.

Ramsdale is a very charismatic fellow and it would be very interesting to see him captain Arsenal.

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