On the day we find out that the actual Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny has actually returned to full training after the operation on his Achilles tendon, it has been suggested by Jack Wilshere that the Gunners should not have closed contract talks with Aaron Ramsey, but instead should make him the captain!
Wilshere said: “He’s grown up to be a great player with Arsenal. They could do with someone like him. We know what he can do for the club.
“For me he’s a future Arsenal captain. I know he loves the club. It’s difficult for me to comment on because I’m not there but I do know he’s a great player – if it was me I know I would want to keep him around.
“He’s a great guy to have around. He’s been at the club so long and knows it inside out. If you look at what he’s done for the club too.
“We went into the first team in the same year. He came from Cardiff and I came from the youth team. We automatically clicked because we were both young and new to that sort of environment.”
“I think you’ve got to look at the situation and ask: ‘How many top teams in the Premier League and elsewhere could he get in?’
“And you’d have to say them all – and that speaks volumes about the type of player he is.”
I’m not sure that all Arsenal fans would agree with Jack on that score. Many of us think that the Welshman has been consistently inconsistent (and injury-prone) for most of his career at the Emirates. And as for giving someone who is going to leave the captains armband, you could say that Emery already has done. Ramsey was announced as one of five captains at the beginning of the season, and was named captain when we played Watford not so long ago.
I know everyone is saying that it was Emery who withdrew the offer, but he has since denied that is anything to do with him. I am sure that the talks ended because the Gunners negotiators refused to meet Ramsey’s demands. So after all that, do you think he should be a captain of Arsenal in the future?