Smith Rowe delivers his verdict on Arteta’s decision to name Lacazette as captain

Although Alexandre Lacazette has been recognized as Arsenal’s captain, Mikel Arteta may soon be obliged to name a new captain.

“At the moment, Laca is the captain,” the Gunners manager acknowledged ahead of his team’s vital Premier League match against Wolves on Thursday evening.

Lacazette took over the armband from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who moved to Barcelona earlier this month after a four-year stay at Arsenal.

The striker, on the other hand, could be on his way out of the club soon. He’ll be out of contract in June, and it’s unknown whether he’ll sign another contract.

With that in mind, many fans are asking who would succeed the Gunners’ newly designated captain if he left.

Arsenal has a young roster, which is likely to get even younger this summer as Arteta and the club’s technical director Edu join the ranks.

As a result, Arsenal’s official website inquired of Lacazette about the team’s leaders in the locker room. The remark was, “There are some future captains.”

“Gabriel, the big Gabi, commands the back row with his presence and leadership. I believe that when he becomes more fluent in English, it will greatly assist him.

“Ben White is another option; he’s a little quieter, but given the way he plays, he has the potential to be a strong leader and, with a little more edge, he could be able to develop.

“Sambi Lokonga, but he’s already been a captain, so it’s easy to assume he’ll make a fine captain.”

Based on these two statements, it appears that either Gabriel or White will be named Arsenal’s future captain, possibly as soon as the summer.

Gabriel’s English would most likely have improved by then, and White would have gained a lot of confidence during his first season with the team.

Lacazette signing a new contract would be ideal for Arteta, allowing him to rely on the Frenchman’s expertise to steer his youthful club through difficult periods.