Arsenal will shortly announce who will take hold of the captains armband in the wake of Mikel Arteta’s departure, with Per Mertesacker the likely candidate ahead of defensive partner Laurent Koscielny and veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech (via The Sun).
Mertesacker captained the side for most of the last two seasons with Arteta struggling for fitness and form, and the Germany World Cup winner is highly regarded on and off the pitch by his teammates for his leadership qualities and vital experience he brings to the dressing room.
The 31-year-old’s central defence partner Koscielny was also earmarked as a potential candidate for club captain, while Cech and bizarrely new boy Granit Xhaka were mentioned by the Sun.
There was little doubt heading into this season that Mertesacker, who heads into his fifth season with the club, would be primed for the role given his current position as vice-captain and immense experience. Koscielny would have been the only other close consideration as he is more likely to feature often, but at the end of the day all of the aforementioned players will be expected to exhort their leadership qualities on and off the pitch regardless of who wears the armband.
Arsene Wenger has made the right choice.