‘Fits the bill’ – Paul Merson makes prediction on next Arsenal captain | Soccer

Ben White impressed in his debut season at Arsenal

Ben White impressed during his first season at Arsenal (Image: Getty Images)

Paul Merson has suggested Ben White as Arsenal’s next captain, claiming the defender “fits in”.

Former Gunners forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the club’s last skipper but was stripped of the captaincy after his latest disciplinary offense last December.

Alexandre Lacazette then took over for the remainder of the 2021–22 season, while Martin Odegaard wore the armband when Lacazette was away from the team.

Martin Odegaard wore the armband towards the end of the season

Martin Odegaard wore the armband towards the end of the season (Image: Getty Images)

With Lacazette leaving Emirates Stadium when his contract expires at the end of June, Mikel Arteta will have to pick a new captain for next season.

Arsenal legend Merson believes the new skipper will be centre-back Ben White, who impressed in his debut season at the club following a £50m move from Brighton.

“Arsenal have to pick a new captain next season and I think that will probably be Ben White,” said Merson Sportkeeda.

“You need a player who can lead with his performances on the pitch and White fits that.”

However, Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka believes Odegaard can ‘definitely’ become the north London club’s next captain

“He’s the future of this club,” ex-Gunners skipper Xhaka told TV2 last month.

“He’s already captain when Alexandre Lacazette isn’t playing. He can be very proud of himself.

“You can see how far he’s come in his head, mentally. He’s very young, only 23, but he looks 30 in his behavior and on the field. It looks like he’s already played 500 or 600 games.

“He can definitely become Arsenal captain. He has the DNA in him. He works so hard every day like he’s in a fight. He does a lot of extra work. He is humble. Everyone in the dressing room listens to him. Why not?’

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