Arsene Wenger is set to name a surprise candidate for the captains armband according to The Star, with Santi Cazorla to be handed the responsibility for the Liverpool tie and potentially for the remainder of the season.
Cazorla, who has captained the side on occasion in the wake of Mikel Arteta and Per Mertesacker’s absences last season, led the side out against Vikings FK in the recent friendly thumping. The midfielder is thought to be preferred over Petr Cech purely as Wenger likes to have an outfield captain.
Laurent Koscielny also seemed a very strong candidate, however The Star’s report should be taken with a pinch of salt considering no official announcement has been made just yet and remains slightly hazy as to whether Cazorla will be the club captain or purely the stand-in for the Premier League opener against Liverpool.
The 31-year-old would be a prime candidate given his experience and four years at the club, not to mention how crucial he has become to the Arsenal midfield. With a few new faces since the Spaniard suffered a serious knee injury last November, he will face more bench time than usual this season, meaning the vice-captain likely to be Cech or Koscielny will still wear the armband from time to time.
Cazorla will be a pivotal player in the Gunners midfield this season however.