During the latest The Loose Cannon Podcast, one of the topics discussed was who should be captain.
Personally, I’d give it to Auba, if he signs a new deal. Although many people think strikers and keepers are too far away from most of the action to make good skippers, the truth is Arsenal are not blessed with riches in the leadership department. Auba is a talisman, so for that reason alone, I was happy with his appointment. Let’s just hope that he doesn’t do a ‘Robin van Persie’ and leave after being given the armband. The reality is it could happen, as being captain of Arsenal is not as great an honour as it used to be.
At least some of the blame for that should be laid at Emery’s door. Indeed, perhaps Emery’s greatest mistake at Arsenal was naming so many captains. All that seemed to do was highlight how little Arsenal have as their disposal.
However, for me the elephant in the room is David Luiz. He’s been overlooked because of his time at Chelsea, presumably, but that’s no reason not to consider him for the captaincy, if Auba leaves. Luiz has the experience and the personality to lead the team.
Another name in the frame is Tierney. Some see him as a captain of the future and it’s hard to disagree with that. Although he’s received some stick for going in too hard in training, it seems like most people, including Arteta, are impressed with the ex-Celtic man’s attitude. Therefore, I would not be at all surprised if Tierney is Auba’s successor.
Let’s just hope that the armband is not available for another three years, if Auba puts pen to paper on a £250,000 a week deal. To replace the prolific striker will cost a lot more than that, so it makes sense for everyone to cut a deal to suit all parties.