Mikel Arteta plans to reorganize Arsenal’s leadership group once Granit Xhaka has left the club with four contested players to receive more responsibilities, according to reports.
Xhaka is about to move to Serie A Roma despite being a key player under Arteta, and his imminent departure removes a vocal and experienced presence from a largely young squad.
Some changes are expected to happen this summer with changing of the guard at Arsenal, with veteran center-back David Luiz having also left at the end of his contract while Alexandre Lacazette is yet another that could be on his way out of the Emirates.
According to football London, Arteta has already set aside Kieran Tierney as his number one choice to assume more authority and responsibility in the squad and step up to fill the void left by Xhaka.
The Scottish left-back is a well-liked member of the squad and would support current captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Arteta has spoken glowingly about Tierney’s leadership skills in the past, responding positively when asked if he could be a future Arsenal captain: ‘I think he can be. He has the respect and the admiration 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’
There are other leadership roles in Arsenal and the trio of Pablo Mari, Mohamed Elneny and Calum Chambers are in contention for expanded roles due to their length of time at the club.