Speaking on the Highbury Squad YouTube channel, Kevin Campbell has been discussing the leadership roles at Arsenal.
The Gunners decided on their two new vice-captains this week, naming both Granit Xhaka and Gabriel Jesus as deputies to Martin Odegaard.
While Mikel Arteta seemingly has faith in Jesus to be one of his leaders, Campbell isn’t keen to see the Brazilian wearing the armband, stating that he doesn’t want any added pressure on the striker so he can focus on his own game and scoring goals.
Interestingly, Campbell stated that he’d rather see Granit Xhaka wear the armband at Arsenal, and that’s a huge statement from the pundit who has vocalised some rather strong adverse opinions about the Swiss midfielder in the past.
What’s been said?
Campbell spoke about the Arsenal vice-captaincy.
“I would rather, and this is coming from me, I would rather Xhaka take the armband than Jesus, because I don’t want that added pressure to Jesus. I want him to be free to play his game and score his goals. I don’t want the captain’s armband to go onto Gabriel Jesus if Odegaard goes off, I don’t want that yet.
Jesus is the type of player who could cope with the pressure of being the Arsenal captain, but the timing on this move just isn’t quite right.
Jesus has only played two league games so far for Arsenal, and the pressure of being handed the captain’s armband on certain occasions may be a bit too much for him at that point.
Think about it, Jesus doesn’t know his teammates all that well at this point and there are more established players within this squad, and if Jesus is ever in a position where he has to captain the side he may begin to overthink things on the pitch.