Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has confirmed Alexandre Lacazette will be the club’s new captain until the end of the season. The Frenchman has worn the armband plenty of times in the past few weeks after former strike partner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was stripped of the captaincy in December following a disciplinary breach.
Slightly problematically, the 30-year-old is on course to leave the Emirates Stadium this summer when his current contract expires.
It means Arsenal boss Arteta will once again need to reconsider the role ahead of the 2022/23 season.
Lacazette is expected to return to his former side Lyon this summer with the French club keen on re-signing their former frontman.
Arteta had previously created a leadership group designed to bridge the gap between the players and coaching staff.
The committee would act as Arsenal’s leaders both on the pitch and in the dressing room.
However, there have already been a series of departures; Aubameyang, David Luiz and Willian have now all moved on from north London.
Granit Xhaka, who previously wore the armband, is still considered to be one of Arteta’s leaders both on and off the field.
Kieran Tierney, Gabriel Magalhaes, Aaron Ramsdale and Ben White have all started to step up and all four will be contenders for the captaincy this summer.
Speaking ahead of the trip to Wolves, Arteta took the time to respond to former striker Aubameyang, who took a parting shot at his former manager during his Barcelona unveiling.
“My last few months at Arsenal were complicated, that’s football sometimes,” the striker said.
“For my part, I never wanted to do anything wrong. My problem was only with Arteta. I can’t say much more, I wasn’t happy.”
Arteta has now taken the time to thank Aubameyang for his service to the club – despite making it clear the player was responsible for his own demise in north London.