We take a look at who Arsenal's next captain will be after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was stripped of his armband.
After Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was stripped of his captaincy by Mikel Arteta today following a disciplinary breach, Arsenal find themselves once again at odds with a club captain – and in the search of a replacement.
It wouldn’t be the first time that an Arsenal player has ended his captaincy with the club in a bitter way. The likes of Robin van Persie and William Gallas both went on to pioneer moves away to Premier League rivals while Cesc Fabregas engineered a move back to his boyhood club Barcelona.
We expect all our players, particularly our captain, to work to the rules and standards we have all set and agreedArsenal official statement on Aubameyang captaincy
Along with Granit Xhaka – the previous Gunner player to be stripped of the captaincy – Aubameyang has indeed become the next in line to have the armband snatched though the question remains: Are Arsenal capable of making the correct captaincy choice, or do they not have the required personnel who can become a captain?
Arsenal’s next captain: Gabriel
Brazilian defender Gabriel joined the club in 2020 from Lille for a reported £27m fee. Despite a relatively slow start for the defender where he picked up a chain of injuries which stalled his start for the club, he has become a permanent and important fixture at the heart of the Arsenal defence.
Still only 23-years-old, the defender is the standout choice despite the fact he has only been in England for a year. It remains to be seen however if Mikel Arteta has enough trust in his player to hand him such responsibility where he has previously opted for long-serving players to take the role.
With the likes of Ben White, Aaron Ramsdale and Martin Odegaard only recently joining the club and both Bakayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe still learning the ropes, the lack of obvious leaders or those who can lead by example is something Arteta may be concerned with.