ARSENAL hero Aaron Ramsdale says he would “take responsibility” if he was handed the captain’s armband.
The Gunners are yet to appoint their next club captain following Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s departure for Barcelona.
Alexandre Lacazette has temporarily been handed the post but the Frenchman’s future at the club is uncertain.
But the shot stopper insists the final decision will be down to manager Mikel Arteta.
Speaking to FourFourTwo, Ramsdale said: “Listen, I’d take the responsibility but that’s down to the manager.
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“We’ve got a lot of strong characters, though, and a lot of people who I think would be good captains.
“Just to be told ‘you’re in a leadership role’ – I’d relish whatever.
“You never turn down a captaincy and I think I’d excel if I was given the armband, but that’s down to the boss.”
Left-back Kieran Tierney is amongst the frontrunners to be named the new Arsenal captain.
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Summer arrival Martin Odegaard, who captains Norway, is also in with a shout.
Ramsdale has also heaped praise on his No2 Bernd Leno, who he says pushes him every single day.
On the German, he said: “With Bernd Leno pushing me every day, I know I can’t sit back and take it easy, because he’ll take the No1 spot off me just as quickly as I took it off him.
“He’s been good with me – we fight for the same spot, but we have each other’s backs too.
“For me, it’s not about what happens months into the first season – I’d prefer to be judged four or five years down the line.
“I thought [that becoming the no.1] would be a process of four months, maybe a year, but I was ready.
“I felt settled straight away, knowing some of the lads, and the manager made it so easy for me by saying, ‘Just go and play your game.’ Once I’d got in, it was so comfortable for me to do my stuff.
“The fans have been absolutely amazing with me, too.
“There was obviously a bit of unrest when I signed – people were talking about me being a second-choice goalkeeper, costing a lot of money and the relegations – but that just gave me added motivation to win them over.”