Arsenal FC star says Arteta will have no issue choosing his next captain.

The dominant 2-0 win over David Moyes' Hammers on Wednesday night was Arsenal's first game since Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang lost the captaincy.


Mikel Arteta is close to naming a new captain at Arsenal FC
Mikel Arteta is close to naming a new captain at Arsenal FC

Alexandre Lacazette was handed the armband to help lead Arsenal against West Ham at the Emirates


French striker Alexandre Lacazette is convinced Mikel Arteta has several options to choose from to fill in the vacancy role at Arsenal.

Lacazette, whose current deal at the Emirates is set to expire at the end of the season, said the Gunners have several potential captains in the squad.

The Frenchman was handed the captain’s armband in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over West Ham after Arteta relieved Gabon international Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from the job following his latest disciplinary breach.

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However, the former Lyon hitman says Arteta will have no trouble finding the next skipper at the north London club.


'Yes there are quite a few,' he said, assessing the candidate among Arteta's young squad.


'Big Gabi [Gabriel] has got a huge presence and leadership at the back for example. I think when he is more fluent in English that is going to help the team even more.


Ex-Gunner Martin Keown reckons one of these two can become next Arsenal captain.

'Ben White as well, is a leader at the back. He's maybe quieter but by the way he plays he can be a good leader and I think with age, will build up more.


'Also [Albert] Sambi Lokonga but he has already been a captain in the past [at Anderlecht] in the past so that's no surprise.


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'Also I think Kieran Tierney has been a captain in the past, maybe for the national team so you can see we have plenty of leaders in the squad.'


Clearly, Lacazette is in pole position to take the armband permanently, however, Arteta said of the situation after their win over the East London club last night: 'Well he [Lacazette] is the next in line and he's taken it the way everybody saw today - with such pride and commitment, and I'm really happy with the way he played.


'Absolutely [he is relishing the role] but Laca has always been like that in the dressing room. You see the way he acts with the young players, how willing he is to help.


'It's in his nature. He's not a selfish player. He's happy when he makes the rest better, and he's like that in the dressing room as well.'



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