Does Arsenal need a new captain by Galen.
Arsenal have had some great captains and great leaders in the past. They didn’t just captain Arsenal but they captained their countries as well. I think of Adams and Viera. In the last couple of years we have changed captains like a pub team. From Gallas to Cesc to RVP to Verminator to Arteta….Our captaincy situation has become a joke. I even hear fans saying that when you are made Arsenal captain it means you will soon be out of the club. LOL!
The Captain is an embodiment of the manager on the pitch. He is a leader of Men . I have read so many opinions about Arteta on this forum. He is a fine player and a classy man. I have also mentioned loads of times that I am not a fan of having a Captain on the bench. If you are captain and leader you should be on the pitch. Imagine Coquelin on the bench next season if Arteta is fit? Like most Arsenal fans I want another DM. But how can we justify keeping Arteta and Flamini at Arsenal if we want another DM? At the moment I don’t see Arteta making the bench if everyone is fit and that is not my idea of what I call a captain.
Sir Alex said a Captain needs to be playing games and he needs to be on the pitch representing his manager. He said one of the reason Evra was made captain was because he was always present. “Rio Ferdinand would have been captain if he hadn’t had all those problems with injuries at the time.”
Before the FA cup final Martin Keown interviewed our players and asked them who is the most vocal leader in training and on the pitch. Almost all of them mentioned Per Mertesaker and Jack Wilshere. Funnily enough Arteta said Jack. I was waiting for one player to mention Arteta but no one did. I guess its just not his style. But I believe going into the new season Arsenal needs a permanent Captain who is going to be fit and who will play games.
Last season we had only 3 players playing more than 30 premier league games. That was Per, Cazorla and Alexis. We need to have a captain that will be first choice pick and that will be consistent on the pitch. I have a thing for a centre-backs as captains, so I will go for one of Per or Bosscielny. If not then I think Rambo will be great choice too.
Who do YOU think should be Arsenal captain for next season? Should we stick with Arteta or change the captaincy. Who in our squad do you think will make a great Arsenal captain? Or should we just let things be as they are?