Former Arsenal captain Tony Adams has claimed that Rob Holding and Kieran Tierney have the credentials to lead the team in the future.
Speaking to Stadium Astro, the former Highbury favourite lauded the two defenders for their attitudes as he listed them as candidates for the role.
Adams said: “For me, I’ve always been a big Rob Holding fan, I think Rob’s got the right attitude, I think Tierney. ‘Holding is a captain in the making, I’d like him to get on with it, he’s had injuries. I’d won about four trophies by the time I was 25, I’m not saying [he’s] my standards, I’m saying he’s got the right attitude and so has Tierney at the moment.” (via Stadium Astro)
Who should be the next Arsenal captain?
Captaincy has become a trivial issue during modern-day football and that can be seen in the candidates selected to be Arsenal’s captain in years gone by. Whilst Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can be labelled a world-class player, he’s not someone who is exactly a leader.
As a matter of fact, the Gabon international himself talked about his inability to lead the team when his confidence is low, claims he made prior to Arsenal’s loss at home to Burnley.
It seems as though there’s no thought put into who should be the club’s next captain, however, it seems Adams it on to something here with his recommendation of Holding and Tierney.
Both men carry themselves well on the pitch both in terms of quality and attitude. This season, Arsenal have the fourth-best defence in the top-flight as a testament to the quality shown by the Arsenal defence, including the aforementioned British duo.
However, it’s Tierney, who sets himself apart from the rest of the Arsenal squad with his fiery attitude on the pitch and should be the choice as Gunners captain should the opportunity to appoint a new one come up.