Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang lost the captain’s armband this week, but the question remains over who will take it from him on a permanent basis.
On Tuesday, Arsenal posted a club statement to confirm that after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s latest disciplinary breach last week, he’ll no longer be the club captain.
A day later, Arsenal are yet to confirm who will be taking on the role for the long term.
For the short term, it looks like Alexandre Lacazette will default into the position.
The Athletic report that Lacazette is expected to wear the armband against West Ham United, with Aubameyang still absent from the squad.
Lacazette and Granit Xhaka were the two players mentioned by Mikel Arteta in Tuesday’s press conference, and both are reportedly influential and well-liked at Arsenal.
Rob Holding is also part of the Arsenal leadership group, but less likely to take on the armband due to his lack of game time. The Athletic suggest Martin Odegaard – captain of Norway – could also become involved in the group.
For now, it seems Arsenal are biding their time, particularly whilst there’s so much uncertainty around Lacazette’s situation.
Though Lacazette started and scored at the weekend, there are near-constant rumours about his future, with his current contract set to expire in the summer.
The striker may well take on the captain’s armband by default only to leave in the summer and leave Arsenal needing to choose another replacement.