Arsenal’s long time nominal captain, Per Mertesacker, is moving into a coaching role this summer, and it would seem obvious that Laurent Koscielny is going to spend his last year at the club in the treatment room, so who is there left in the present squad that could take up the mantle of leading the players on the pitch?
We all know that Jack Wilshere is waiting to find out who the new boss is before signing a new contract, but according to the ex-Gunners star Nigel Winterburn, Wilshere is easily the best candidate for the job. “There’s a massive debate on captaincy.” Winterburn told Betstars. “When you’re out on that pitch, you need to be a captain yourself within the team because if something is going wrong, you need to be strong enough in your own mind to ask players to move into positions to protect defensively or when you’re attacking you might want to ask one of the players to take up a slightly different position. You should be looking to your captain to ask for that to happen. I think captain-wise, it should be someone that represents the values of Arsenal football club, is strong mentally and is going to play a lot of games. It wouldn’t surprise me if Jack Wilshere became club captain because of his association with the football club. He’s someone in my mind that represents the values of the football club.”
There are many people who don’t even think Jack is good enough to be a starter at the club, but no-one can deny his spirit and love for Arsenal. Is there no-one else that could possibly fill that role?