By Kevin Campbell

14th Dec, 2021 | 9:30pm

Campbell issues '100 per cent' claim on new Arsenal captain after Aubameyang axed

Gabriel Magalhaes and Kieran Tierney are the two outstanding candidates to become the next captain of Arsenal.

That is the view of former Gunners striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the potential candidates to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

In a statement on Tuesday, Arsenal confirmed Aubameyang has been stripped of the armband after breaching club discipline last week.

Speaking to club media shortly after, Arteta revealed a decision hasn’t been taken on the next captain of the club.

However, he did namecheck Alexandre Lacazette and Granit Xhaka, both of whom are part of his leadership group.

Campbell revealed Gabriel would be his preferred choice to succeed Aubameyang.

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“Gabriel and Kieran Tierney are the two names that stand out,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.

“Gabriel is a monster at the back. He would be a really good captain.

“Tierney would be a good captain as well but there are question marks over his injury record.

“Gabriel as captain and Tierney as vice-captain would be my preference. No Arsenal fan would complain about that.

“I’d have [Aaron] Ramsdale as the third choice. That trio should sit at the captain’s table. 100 per cent.”

Speaking on the selection process, Arteta said: “The leadership group is something that has been tremendously helpful because then you get different voices.

“It is a really multicultural dressing room that needs a lot of attention and different feelings ands different languages, they all have to be involved and I’m comfortable with that.”

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