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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has made a decision on the captaincy after replacing Alexandre Lacazette in Thursday night’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg.
The North London club endured a bitterly disappointing night as two goals either side of half-time from Diogo Jota ended their realistic chances of winning a trophy in 2022.
After Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s withdrawal from Aarsenal captaincy, Arteta has preferred to opt for a leadership group containing Lacazette, Granit Xhaka and Rob Holding, who have all skippered the side in recent weeks.
“We have the leadership group,” he said in the aftermath of last month’s 3-0 win over Southampton.
“In the last game, we had Laca. We had Granit who was captain as well. It’s not the time to make any rash decision.”
First, Arteta he gave the armband to Thomas Partey, who was also coming on for Emile Smith Rowe at the same time.
The Ghanaian would go on to get himself unnecessarily sent off just 15 minutes later for a second yellow card, underlining why he may not be among the candidates for the role.
So after that, Partey immediately handed it to Kieran Tierney at the next stoppage in play.
And it seems the Scotland international is high in Arteta’s thinking when it comes to a permanent decision over who will be the next permanent Gunners skipper.
Source – football.london