Mikel Arteta hints he has chosen Arsenal’s next captain ahead of Alexandre Lacazette’s departure

Kieran Tierney looked set to be in pole position to be named Arsenal’s next captain, but Mikel Arteta confirmed that Martin Odegaard is also in the running for the honour

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Mikel Arteta has hinted that Martin Odegaard could be Arsenal’s next captain as the Norwegian wore the armband southampton

Alexandre Lacazette temporarily replaced Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as skipper after the Gabonese striker was stripped of his captaincy before his departure Barcelona in January. It’s unlikely he will take on the role permanently as the Frenchman is set to leave as a free agent in the summer.

Kieran Tierney appeared to be on pole as he wore the armband several times when Lacazette was substituted. But with both players absent from Arsenal’s trip to St Mary’s, Odegaard unfortunately got the honor resulting in a 1-0 defeat.

And Arteta says the Norwegian, who has been a standout player for the Gunners this season, has hinted it won’t be the last time he wears the armband and confirms he is in the race to be named the next captain is.

He said: “Time will tell. The most important thing is the respect and admiration of his teammates. He represents everything we want in this club. He’s a good option.”

arsenal missed a glorious opportunity to ramp up their aspirations into the top four following the 1-0 defeat by Tottenham Brighton earlier on Saturday. But Jan Bednarek sealed a brilliant 1-0 win over the north Londoners after losing 6-0 to to Chelsea last weekend.

Arteta found it difficult to figure out why his side failed to finish in the scorer charts despite multiple opportunities. He said: Difficult to explain because this is football, not basketball. Because in any other sport you win the game very comfortably and talk about different things. Difficult to explain, but at the end of the day it’s the boxes that decide. They scored a goal, we didn’t.

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“The time we spent in the penalty area shows that we have a situation where we didn’t put them in goal. Because they have an exceptional goalkeeper today and because we didn’t have enough quality and capacity.” break them down when we had the numbers and the situations to do it.

When asked how likely he was to take three points given Spurs’ result, he replied: “Huge. If you’re someone who doesn’t know the result and follows the game, you know what he would tell you – that Arsenal won the game. And we don’t. It’s very disappointing and hard to explain in words, but this is sport, it’s what makes it different from all others. In basketball, you have 25 shots, your opponent has one, and you win 10 times out of 10.”

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