Jack Wilshere believes that Rob Holding has what it takes to be a potential Arsenal captain in the future.
Current club captain Laurent Koscielny made the headlines last week when he refused to travel to the United States with the rest of the Gunners squad for their pre-season tour.
Arsenal are understood to have begun internal disciplinary action against Koscielny after his decision – and his future at the club now remains firmly in doubt.
Should the 33-year-old end up leaving Arsenal this summer, the Gunners will be on the lookout for a new captain to take them forward under Unai Emery.
And former Gunners midfielder Wilshere seems to think that Holding could be a good candidate for the job in the seasons to come.
Speaking in an interview with football.london, Wilshere said: “Arsenal will have Rob Holding coming back and Hector [Bellerin].
“They did their cruciate [ligaments] – and sometimes when you do your cruciate you actually come back stronger – because you have to work on your strength and quads which actually strengthen you more.
“Rob Holding was playing so well before he got injured and will be a great addition to their defence once he’s fit again.
“I really think he could be a potential Arsenal captain of the future.”
Arsenal will be looking to break back into the top four next season after they finished in fifth place and without a trophy last term.
The Gunners blew their final chance of sealing Champions League qualification when they ended up losing 4-1 to Chelsea FC in the Europa League final back at the end of May.
Arsenal have not won the Premier League since their famous unbeaten triumph under Arsene Wenger in 2003-04.