Ian Wright: 'At some stage he HAS to be Arsenal captain' - Who?

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Ian Wright says he believes Mathieu Flamini should be handed the Arsenal captaincy.

Ian Wright says that a personal conversation he had with Mathieu Flamini has convinced him the midfielder has what it takes to be Arsenal captain.

The French midfielder was watching from the stands in midweek during his suspension, against Manchester United, when Arsenal's former record goalscorer caught up with him.

Wright told BBC's 606 programme that the conversation left him persuaded that Flamini needs to be handed the club captaincy at some stage in the future.

He said: "I had a chat with him, and at some stage he has to be the Arsenal captain. He has the drive to really go on and do something.

"It was a joy to listen to him. The passion in what he is saying in how he was talking. 'We should go for them (Manchester United). We are at home, what's the worst that can happen.'"

"I was thinking, I believe you. We need a few more like him in there."

There is a real possibility that Arsenal may change their captain in the summer, with Thomas Vermaelen struggling for football all season and could look to move on.

Flamini as one of the club's senior players will be one of three strong experienced candidates to take on the role, alongside Mikel Arteta and Per Mertesacker.

Jack Wilshere is also earmarked as a future Arsenal captain, but given the quality of the more experienced candidates, it's likely one of the above would get the nod next.

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