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Jack Wilshere backs Rob Holding to replace Laurent Koscielny as Arsenal captain

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Rob Holding is captain material for Arsenal, says Jack Wilshere (Getty Images)

Jack Wilshere has backed Rob Holding to replace Laurent Koscielny as Arsenal’s new captain.

Koscielny is expected to be stripped of the captaincy after he refused to travel to the United States earlier this week for the start of the club’s pre-season tour.

The 33-year-old has one season remaining on his contract but is pushing to leave Arsenal and is keen on a return to France.

Holding, meanwhile, is currently recovering from the cruciate ligament injury he suffered in December but is with Arsenal’s squad for their pre-season campaign.

And Wilshere believes the 23-year-old is a suitable candidate to replace Koscielny.

Laurent Koscielny wants to leave Arsenal this summer (Getty Images)

‘Arsenal will have Rob Holding coming back and Hector [Bellerin],’ Wilshere told Football.London.

‘They did their cruciates – 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.

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‘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.’

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