Arsenal legend Tony Adams talks up captaincy credentials of Rob Holding and Kieran Tierney

Holding is 'captain material', says Adams
Holding is ‘captain material’, says Adams (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal’s iconic former skipper Tony Adams believes Rob Holding and Kieran Tierney have the right credentials to captain the north London club in the future.

25-year-old Holding has become a key figure in Mikel Arteta’s side of late, with his commanding displays earning him a new long-term contract which will keep him at the Emirates until 2024.

Meanwhile, Tierney has continued to impress at left-back after arriving from Celtic from 2019 for £25million.

Tierney has been one of Arsenal's most consistent performers this season
Tierney has been one of Arsenal’s most consistent performers this season (Picture: Getty Images)

The Scotland international’s presence in the side was sorely missed in the recent 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace and 1-0 defeat to Southampton in the FA Cup fourth round, which further evidenced his growing importance for the Gunners.

When it comes to Arsenal captains, very few get near the legendary status of Adams, who wore the armband for 14 years and led his side to nine major trophies over that period.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the current skipper, but Adams feels Holding and Tierney have the correct attitude to assume the responsibility in the future.

When asked who he would like to captain his former side for the long-term, Adams told Stadium Astro: ‘For me, I’ve always been a big Rob Holding fan, I think Rob’s got the right attitude, I think Tierney. 

‘Holding is a captain in the making, I’d like him to get on with it, he’s had injuries.

‘I’d won about four trophies by the time I was 25, I’m not saying [he’s] my standards, I’m saying he’s got the right attitude and so has Tierney at the moment.’

Adams isn’t the first Arsenal legend to name Tierney as a future club captain, with the likes of Ian Wright, Paul Merson and Martin Keown all in agreement the left-back has what it takes to lead the side.

‘I would give it to Tierney as he’d run through a brick wall for you,’ Merson told Sky Sports last month.

‘He’s the one player I look at who gives everything, and I’d give him the captaincy.’

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