With the former captain relieved of the captaincy duties, the Gunners are currently pondering who among them will be handed the armband.
Arsenal legend and current Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira feels the next Arsenal captain must “set the example” and have “a special relationship with the manager” as he offers Mikel Arteta advice on how to select Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s successor.
Arsenal announced on Tuesday the decision to strip Aubameyang of the armband after his yet another disciplinary breach. Furthermore, he will not be in contention for Wednesday’s Premier League match against West Ham United.
The disciplinary breach that the Gabon international has not been revealed, but speculations suggest he reported late for duty following an authorized trip to France.
Kieran Tierney, Thomas Partey, Gabriel Magalhaes, Ben White, and Alexandre Lacazette are the players reportedly in contention to become the next captain.
“I think as a manager you always want your captain to be one of the leaders, a positive leader on and off the field,” Vieira, a successful skipper for Arsenal during his time, said, as Football London reports.
“You will want your captain to set the example and, obviously, the captain will always have, I believe, a special relationship with the manager. But to have that you need to be a positive leader.”