3 players who could become the next captain of Arsenal
- These players have the abilities to replace Koscielny next season
Arsenal finished 5th in the Premier League table in the recently concluded season and the only other achievement for the club in the 2018-19 season was the UEFA Europa League runners-up medal. Although the club looked good in certain games, Arsenal still suffered due to their costly defensive errors which eventually let them down in many games.
Another problem for the Gunners was the lack of a leader in the squad. Laurent Koscielny was appointed as the captain of the squad along with constituting the leadership group with Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka. While Cech has retired, Ramsey has left the club to join Juventus. The futures of the other players are yet to be settled.
Although Koscielny did well as a player, the defender lacked the genuine qualities of a leader. Being a soft-spoken man, the players did not inspire confidence to lift his team when the squad was struggling on many occasions.
Hence, appointing a new captain could be a way to improve the squad and here are 3 players who can wear the captain's armband at Arsenal next season.
#3 Nacho Monreal
Arsene Wenger had the tradition of giving the captain's armband to the oldest players at the club. Although the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Robin Van Persie did break the tradition, Unai Emery can still continue the age-old tradition of Arsene Wenger with Nacho Monreal.
Having been at the club since the last 7 seasons, Nacho Monreal is probably one who would know most about the club in the current squad. The Spaniard has won 3 FA Cup Titles for Arsenal and has also lifted a number of trophies for Spain which would help him in guiding the youngsters at the club.
At 33, Monreal could make fewer appearances for the club on the pitch but his presence and valuable experience could indeed benefit the club next season.