Martin Keown says he ‘couldn’t see’ Mikel Arteta handing the armband back to Granit Xhaka and trusting White Ben and Gabriel Magalhaes are the leading candidates to take over the captaincy from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Aubameyang, 32 years old, eliminated ArsenalThe line-up in the team’s recent 3-0 win over Southampton due to disciplinary issues, the latest in a long string of infractions since Arteta took over as head coach two years ago .
It later emerged that Aubameyang had failed to report duty on time after an authorized trip abroad and it appeared the 32-year-old striker had run out of chances under Arteta.
The Gabon international will not be selected when the Gunners host Premier League rivals West Ham tomorrow night and some are questioning whether he will ever return to the game in a similar fashion. .
The north London giants have yet to announce a successor to Aubameyang and Arteta has called for patience while Arsenal assess their options, with Kieran Tierney, Aaron Ramsdale, Alexandre Lacazette, White, Gabriel and the former captain , Xhaka, all are vying for this role.
‘We need some time. It needs some time to heal. He’s not part of the squad at the moment,’ Arteta told reporters during his pre-match press conference on Tuesday afternoon.
‘What I can say right now is we’ve made this decision, which is unfortunately a difficult one.
‘If I had to choose, I wouldn’t want to sit here talking about it. The next thing is that he’s not on the team. ‘
Speaking on talkSPORT, former Arsenal defender Keown said he feared Arteta might have made a mistake by stripping Aubameyang of the captain’s armband as it could bring in ‘too much noise’ at such a crucial stage of the season. prize.
‘It was a bold move from the manager. It can be too annoying for the team and the club – too much noise to do something like this now… I’ve left it on until the summer,’ Keown told talkSPORT.
‘If Arteta felt that Aubameyang had the traits to be the leader of the group and it never set off then he would have probably steered this storm.
‘But I think it’s deeper than that. I don’t think he believes he’s the leader of the team, the right captain.
‘Aubameyang was given the captaincy because of his performance, not because he is a leader.
‘There were Arsenal captains in the past who, let’s say, did a lot worse than this captain did with the disappearing problem but they kept the captain’s armband because they were the real leaders of the team. man.’
Keown added: ‘Tony Adams has discipline issues but he keeps the captain’s armband because he’s clearly a leader, clearly the number one man. Aubameyang is not.
‘Aren’t we losing players now? Is that an insult to the player? How do we get him back?
‘He will play for himself not the manager, hopefully he will also play for his colleagues.’
Keown doubts Arteta will hand Xhaka the captain’s armband again – with the Swiss being stripped of the captain’s armband after cursing his fans – and see central defenders White and Gabriel as Arsenal’s prime candidates for the role.
“I think it would be Ben White or Gabriel,” the former Arsenal and England midfielder continued.
‘I can’t see that coming to Granit Xhaka and Arteta not bringing Tierney back into the team.
‘I don’t know the group nor the men well but one person I am looking at as leader is Ramsdale. He’s a fan favorite, he wears his heart on his sleeve but he’s a goalkeeper but I want it to be someone in the engine room.
‘Arteta must have a clear vision of who that captain will become.’
Meanwhile, former Keown captain Patrick Vieira has urged Arteta to choose a ‘positive leader’ who can ‘set an example’ to the rest of the Arsenal team.
“I think as a manager you always want your captain to be one of the leaders, an active leader on and off the pitch,” the Palace head coach told reporters. member when asked about something in a captain.
‘You’ll want your captain to set an example and obviously the captain will always have, I believe, a special relationship with the manager.
“But for that, you need to be an active leader.”
https://metro.co.uk/2021/12/14/ben-white-and-gabriel-the-leading-candidates-to-take-over-as-arsenal-captain-says-martin-keown-15772379/?ITO=metro-trending Ben White and Gabriel are leading contenders to take over as Arsenal captain, says Martin Keown