“I think it’ll probably be …” Merson predicts Arsenal’s next captain

Paul Merson has predicted that Mikel Arteta will make Ben White the new Arsenal captain ahead of next season.

The Gunners need a new permanent leader after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was stripped of the club’s captaincy before leaving.

Alexandre Lacazette replaced the Gabonese star, but the Frenchman has also left the club.

Martin Odegaard wore the armband in some matches towards the end of the campaign.

It is still unclear who Arsenal’s next captain would be ahead of the 2022/2023 season, but Merson believes Arteta will pick White.

He writes of SportsKeeda: “Arsenal will have to pick a new captain next season, and I think it’ll probably be Ben White.

“They need a player who can lead on the pitch with his performances, and White fits the bill.”

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White has been an influential figure in the club’s dressing room, even though this has been his first season at the Emirates.

The England international has the capacity to lead, and he does that for the club’s defence, which has made it harder to break down now.

However, Odegaard did very well while wearing the armband in the final matches of the season, and the Norwegian probably deserves to keep it.

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  1. Haven’t seen much to suggest white is captain material tbh. Odegaard, Ramsdale, Tierney (when fit), partey (when fit), even Gabriel for the passion he shows, would be more appropriate choices.
    I also wouldn’t want to be in a position where white was so much less droppable with saliba potentially returning to challenge him.
    I can see this happening, though, or xhaka getting the armband back.

  2. Que????Ben White….purveyor of SILENCE. Has to be either Ramsdale for Passion, or Odegaard for balanced mind, or Tierney for hating losing and not standing any nonsense……not Ben White for never speaking a word.

  3. Whatever next ,Eddie to be given a new contract and made first team striker !
    Oh wait …

  4. I am sorry but if Saliba steps up like we know he has the ability to do then Ben is out of the starting 11. He is not Captain material in my eyes especially after 1 season at the club where he didn’t truly set the world alight at CB.

    Don’t get me wrong he did OK but he is not an Arsenal Captain in the making. We don’t really have someone who stands out as a captain bar Teirney and he is always injured.



    YOU ARE A GOOD LAD and I am so glad you are over your addiction problems but you have never been exactly the brain of Britain, have you!!!?

    1. Jon he is not over his addiction,he relapsed during the first lockdown,he blew the couple’s savings(300k).he said it in his documentary.

  6. Sorry but seen nothing from White to suggest “captain” or undroppable.

    Odegaard is obvious choice, Gabriel 2nd, then Ramsdale but GK is not a good Pic IMO.

    Waste of 50 million and Brighton hasn’t missed him. Bissouma would have had a bigger impact and 10 million cheaper.

    1. I said when we bought him,the defenders playing next to him,Bissouma all made him look better than he was,they hid his shortcomings/weaknesses.as for Bissouma bad news,AS Monaco have made him their top target to replace Tchouaméni,it might depend on how much they want to spend from that money, over 70M plus adds on.

  7. No,it will be MØ.sometimex I wonder if Merson still watches what’s going on at Arsenal.

  8. With Trusty, Saliba, Mangalese, Tomiyasu and Holding all more towering and physically imposing yet also tactical and athletic, we may see White shunted to RB and/or CM.

    Edu’s 25 man Arsenal squad for 2022/23 –
    FB: White, Tomiyasu, Tierney, Tavares
    CB: Mangalese, Trusty, Saliba, Holding
    DM: Partey, Xhaka, Elneny, Lokonga,
    AM: Odegaard, Smith Rowe, *New buy*
    WF: Saka, Martinelli, Reiss, Maquinhos
    CF: Nketiah, Folarin, *New buy*
    GK: Ramsdale, Okonkwo, Turner

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