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Wilshere Suggests Surprise Successor To Koscielny As Arsenal Captain

Wilshere Suggests Surprise Successor To Koscielny As Arsenal Captain

Former Arsenal player Jack Wilshere believes defender Rob Holding has what it takes to be a future captain of the Gunners.

The West Ham midfielder was asked about Holding’s qualities, and when talking about the centre-half, Wilshere said:

“Rob Holding was playing so well before he got injured and will be a great addition to their defence once he’s fit again. I really think he could be a potential Arsenal captain of the future.”

With Laurent Koscielny having refused to tour the United States following reports that he has been offered the chance to return to France, a new captain will be needed.

Hector Bellerin would be the prime candidate considering his experience and his age, but Holding would be a bold choice if manager Unai Emery wants to make a statement about his future plans for the club.

The 23-year-old showed huge promise before his injury and the Gunners boss may believe he can build a team around him. However, he has only played 60 games for the club, and his leadership qualities are unknown.

Emery may opt for a player with a previous track record. Granit Xhaka is captain of Switzerland but his below-par performances in an Arsenal shirt would not necessarily make him a popular choice with fans.

Sokratis could be another alternative, but he would be a short term solution, leaving someone like Bellerin the likeliest successor to Koscielny.

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