Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson believes manager Mikel Arteta should have appointed either Kieran Tierney or Ben White as Arsenal captain ahead of Alexandre Lacazette.
The Frenchman has been confirmed as the club’s new skipper until the end of the season but Merson is adamant that he is the wrong choice considering he is likely to leave the Emirates in the summer:
“They moved one step forward getting rid of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and his massive wages – but giving the captaincy to Lacazette was going two steps back. Give it to someone like Tierney and start building now. I like Tierney. I think he’ll run through a brick wall for you. I think Ben White could be captain as well. One of those two. They are there for the long run. Why not? Lacazette is 30 years old now. I think he needs to show some leadership. But I do not agree with him being made captain one iota. He’s not going to be there next season. What’s the point?”
While Merson is absolutely right that it would have been a better idea to appoint a long-term successor in the role, there can be no denying Lacazette’s commitment to the cause.
The 30-year-old may be struggling in front of goal, but his work rate is second to none and he doesn’t look like a player who has downed tools in the knowledge he doesn’t have a future at the club.
In terms of Merson’s choices as captain. It’s probably too early to give it to White, considering he only arrived in July, but Tierney would undoubtedly be a good option.