Alexandre Lacazette believes England international Ben White is among four candidates to become Arsenal captain in the coming years.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was Arsenal’s captain at the start of the 2021/22 campaign. He was stripped of the armband in December following his fallout with Mikel Arteta.
The 32-year-old left the Gunners earlier this month as he sealed a permanent move to Spanish giants Barcelona.
Lacazette was chosen to replace Aubameyang. His future is in doubt as his current contract is set to expire this summer.
As well as White, the striker has named Gabriel, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Kieran Tierney as players who could become the club’s new captain:
“There are some future captains. Gabriel, big Gabi, has got a presence and leadership at the back. I think when he’s going to be more fluent with English, it will help a lot,” Lacazette said (via Arsenal’s official website).
“Ben White as well, he’s quieter maybe. But by the way he plays he can be a good leader and maybe with an edge can build up.
“[Albert] Sambi Lokonga. He’s already been a captain in the past so it’s not hard to say he can be a good captain. Kieran [Tierney] as well because I think he’s been a captain as well in the past for the national team a few times. You can see some future captains, or leaders.”
Lacazette also spoke about his approach as a captain. He thinks he is “more vocal” in Arsenal’s dressing room:
“I think I know a bit about everyone and how they work and how I can manage them. On the pitch I try to lead and to show that the way we have to press, the intensity because of the coach is asking us [for this].
“But in the dressing room I am more maybe vocal and I want to bring the good vibes and the energy because some days we forget we are playing an amazing sport, we have an amazing job for a big club and obviously it’s natural, it’s human to forget sometimes so I just want to bring some smiles and maybe some good luck.”