Ian Wright thinks Matteo Guendouzi is driving the Arsenal team forward at the moment, and the 20-year-old was a worthier candidate for the captaincy than Granit Xhaka.
Arsenal recently named their five captains for the season, with Granit Xhaka taking the main role with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Hector Bellerin, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Özil behind him – in that order.
There were a few candidates who were talked about quite a lot before the reveal, with Rob Holding a popular option, whilst the experienced David Luiz and Sokratis Papastathopoulos could have been included.
Ian Wright thinks the club should have gone in a different direction though, looking to young Matteo Guendouzi, who he thinks has the qualities to succeed in the role.
“He’s somebody that is driving the team forward,” Wright said.
“When he came in, for his first season to play that many games, I thought it was too much, I thought it was too many. But now you’re seeing somebody that looks totally in control in what he’s doing.
“I know they’ve chosen the captain but Xhaka should not be captain in front of this guy or Aubameyang, for me.
“He is leading by example for a 20-year-old. We know Tony Adams was a captain at 20, maybe Unai’s not strong enough to give somebody like Matteo Guendouzi [the captaincy].
“When you look at him here and what he’s doing, that is taking the game by the scruff of the neck and driving Arsenal forward, and he’s not been made captain or vice-captain. It’s crazy, for me.”
Guendouzi certainly has many of the attributes you’d want from a captain. He’s passionate, he picks the team in up in games when they’re doing badly, and he never hides.
His lack of experience does still show sometimes, whether that’s in getting drawn into confrontations with opponents and the crowd or being caught out of position defensively. You’d think he would relish the responsibility of the captaincy though.