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Arsenal next captain – Who will replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang? Bookies reveal top FIVE Gunners candidates

ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE and Granit Xhaka are joint-favourites for the Arsenal captaincy, according to bookmakers Betfair.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta will soon decide who should replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was stripped of the captaincy following a disciplinary breach.

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The Gabon international was dropped for the victory over Southampton on Saturday and has been omitted from the squad for Wednesday's clash with West Ham.

Arsenal confirmed their decision with a statement on their website, it read: "Following his latest disciplinary breach last week, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will no longer be our club captain, and will not be considered for selection for Wednesday's match against West Ham United.

"We expect all our players, particularly our captain, to work to the rules and standards we have all set and agreed."

Aubameyang was also dropped for disciplinary reasons in March and his 'latest breach' could see him leave in January — 18 months before his contract expires in June 2023.

Barcelona are the frontrunners but West Ham, Newcastle and Spanish heavyweights Atletico Madrid are also in the running.

But who should replace Aubameyang as Arsenal captain?

Next Arsenal captain

Betfair odds

  • Alexandre Lacazette – 6/4
  • Granit Xhaka – 6/4
  • Kieran Tierney – 4/1
  • Aaron Ramsdale – 8/1
  • Gabriel – 16/1

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Bookies Betfair have revealed their top five candidates for the role with Lacazette and Xhaka sharing odds of 6/4.

Striker Lacazette has taken the armband on several occasions down the years but might only provide a good short-term solution given this contract expires in June.

Xhaka could be viewed as a risky appointment given he's already been stripped of the honour.

The Swiss midfielder lost the captaincy after confrontation with Arsenal fans in which he told them to "f*** off" following his substitution against Crystal Palace in 2019.

Kieran Tierney is next in the betting at 4/1 but there are concerns over his injury record and starting role.

Goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, who only joined the club in August, is available at 8/1 with centre-back Gabriel the outsider of the pack at 16s.

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