Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell believes that Kieran Tierney is the current vice-captain and will take the armband when Alexandre Lacazette leaves.
With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leaving for Barcelona and Alexandre Lacazette’s contract expiring, conversations are growing around the future of the Arsenal captaincy.
Lacazette is the current captain, but he may not even be with the club in a few months. Former Gunner Kevin Campbell thinks Kieran Tierney is set to take on the role after that.
“The captain’s armband has gone to Kieran Tierney when Lacazette has gone off,” Campbell pointed out.
“I think it’s quite clear that Tierney is the vice-captain now and so he should be. I believe he is the right man for the job.
“When Lacazette leaves at the end of the season I expect Tierney to be named the captain, 100 percent.
“Maybe [Martin] Odegaard will be his vice-captain after that. Odegaard will not be the main captain but I think he’ll be part of the leadership group.”
Tierney is certainly a popular figure at Arsenal. He has a strong relationship with the fans, he made enough of an impression with the club for them to tie him down to 2026, and he always looks like one of the leaders on the pitch.
At 24 years old, the left-back still has his peak years ahead of him, yet he’s also one of the more experienced members of Arsenal’s young side.
After all, this is his eighth season in senior club football, on top of his 30 caps for Scotland. He’s already played in the Euros and he could make a World Cup showing later this year.
We’ll wait for Mikel Arteta’s decision this summer, but there are plenty of signs that Tierney is both a reasonable choice and a likely one.