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Mikel Arteta identifies Unai Emery’s infamous Arsenal ‘captain’s group’ replacements.

Mikel Arteta identifies Unai Emery’s infamous Arsenal ‘captain’s group’ replacements.

Mikel Arteta has already recognized four replacements ahead of a busy summer for Arsenal this transfer window.

The Spaniard’s forerunner, Unai Emery, infamously established a ‘captain’s group’ of several leaders in the dressing room, a system held on when Arteta took over.

But Emery’s group has been slowly demolished, with former skipper Granit Xhaka the latest set to leave with a move to AS Roma on the cards.

The Swiss midfielder looks set to depart for £17m but he is not the only one, with Alexandre Lacazette and Hector Bellerin also associated with moves away.

Mesut Ozil has already left, when he left for Fenerbahce in January on a free transfer.

This implies that Arsenal are set for a major summer of transformation with a number of players coming in and going out.


But Arteta wants some of his current crop to move up and take more responsibility with Football London stating that Kieran Tierney could become one of his possible captain options.

The Scotsman wore the armband at Celtic while David Luiz’s exit leaves a leadership void in the back four.

Arteta said about the left-back: “He has the respect and the approval of every member of the staff and every player.

“It’s just the way he is, he does it in a natural way. He’s a shy boy but I think he represents all of the values we want to install and that are in the DNA of this club.

“He came here and it took him a while, he had a really bad injury… but he’s a natural leader.

“You see how he behaves on that pitch, and when he talks he says the right thing and it’s exactly what we’re looking for.”

The other three prospects to step up and become Arteta’s leaders might surprise some supporters with Pablo Mari also set for more of a leading role in the squad.

Calum Chambers and Mohamed Elneny are in the frame, too, due to their long years of service to the club despite never truly becoming favorites.

It remains to be seen who Arteta will try and contract in the transfer window.

But there are many players being linked, including RB Leipzig star Tyler Adams while the USA International can play at right-back and in defensive midfield.

Brighton star Yves Bissouma is also on the shortlist as the Gunners look to muscle up their midfield with Xhaka going.

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Mikel Arteta identifies Unai Emery’s infamous Arsenal ‘captain’s group’ replacements.

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