Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell has backed Aaron Ramsey to be the captain under new Gunners boss Unai Emery.
Emery has been appointed as Arsene Wenger replacement on 23 May 2018 just 10 days after Wenger’s departure.
The Spaniard, who signed a two-year deal with the club, will reportedly build a team around Ramsey who has been offered a new contract.
Campbell, who played for Arsenal between 1988 and 1995, believes that the Wales international should be offered an armband for the club next season.
“Aaron Ramsey ticks quite a lot of boxes,” the 48-year-old told talkSPORT. “He is one of the long-serving players in the first team. If there is a structure, Aaron Ramsey could be that guy.”
“For the last four or five years, Arsenal went soft, and it’s showed in the league standings. You can look at leadership in two different ways. Everyone talks about the leaders like Tony Adams and Patrick Vieira, but those players are not easily available.”
“The second way you can get leadership is through organisation. When different parts of the team are functioning properly, players within that system will be the leader, and I believe that’s the way Unai Emery is going to do it.”
“They will be well drilled, there will be certain triggers, and in order to have a trigger, you’re going to have to be able to communicate. And that’s where certain players are going to have to take that leadership role on.”
Ramsey will be out of contract next summer but has reportedly been offered a bumper new deal by the Gunners.
The former Cardiff star joined the Gunners in 2008 as a teenager and went on to score 58 goals in 327 appearances the Emirates side.
Meanwhile, the 27-year-old has managed to win three FA Cups and two FA Community Shields in 10 seasons at the Emirates Stadium.