Kolo Toure admitted Friday that he would love the chance to take over from defensive partner William Gallas as Arsenal captain next season.
Gallas has attracted criticism for his leadership, including after his sit-down protest following Birmingham's last-minute penalty in the 2-2 draw at St Andrews in February.
And Toure went on to question the actions of the Frenchman.
Toure said: “Gallas was really good for us at the start of the season. But then after this Birmingham game he made a mistake, he knows that and we all tried to bring him back to the team and he came back well.
“But when you make a mistake it is difficult after that – it was a really important part of our season.”
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has said he will review the situation in the summer and the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Toure have been linked with the role.
“I would be really, really proud to be captain,” said the Ivorian centre-half.
“I am now one of the oldest players in the squad so naturally I feel like a captain and it doesn't matter if I have the armband or not.
“It is a decision for the manager and he is the only one who can make it.”
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