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Mertesacker new Arsenal Captain
Arsene Wenger has named Per Mertesacker as his new captain ahead of the new season.
Following the departure of long-standing captain Mikel Arteta in the summer, the Gunners were left bereft of an official captain, and Wenger has now chosen German defender Mertesacker as his new skipper.
Just why it took him so long to make the decision is unclear, but it probably doesn’t bode well, and possibly confirms the common perception that Arsenal lack leaders.
Fans happy, overall
For all his shortcomings, Mertesacker is a good leader on and off the pitch, and the fans are overall happy with the choice, although there are some reservations as to how much he’ll actually play if Mustafi comes in, and some would have preferred Cazorla.
In victory or defeat, Mertesacker always fronts up and faces the media, and never shirks a difficult question.
He once gave a famous interview for Germany which gained legendary status, telling off a reporter who was critical of Germany’s World Cup last 16 win over Algeria in 2014.
There is just one problem though: he’s currently injured, meaning Arsenal start the season without their new captain.
Arsenal club captain is Mertesacker and the vice is Cazorla. The two of them raising a trophy together will be nice to watch
— Balerion (@Rocstarsupanova) August 13, 2016
— Daniel Cutts (@Journo_Slash) August 13, 2016
Mertesacker captain? WTF – I swear Wenger tries to piss us off. Mertesacker should not even be starting if Mustafi comes in #Arsenal
— KingGööner (@NickMKingGooner) August 13, 2016
— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) August 13, 2016
Mertesacker the new club captain. This trend is certainly continuing. https://t.co/dyJJGN16l5
— TikiTakaConnor (@TikiTakaConnor) August 13, 2016
Congratulations to Per Mertesacker on becoming Arsenal captain. A boyhood dream – which has come true! pic.twitter.com/FeXfMvkEKp
— Dan Chapman. (@iDanTheGunner) August 13, 2016
Mertesacker will captain the club for the 2016/17 season.
He’ll be back in 2017.
— Danny Welbeck (@WelBeast) August 13, 2016
Feels weird that we keep giving captaincies to players who aren’t/won’t be starting for us. Vermaelen, Arteta and now Mertesacker.
— Tyron (@tlmfootball) August 13, 2016
Only plus side of Mertesacker being captain is that history tells us he’ll play about 5 games a season
— – (@AttackingMid) August 13, 2016
Per Mertesacker has been appointed as the new Arsenal captain. According to the reports, he will be back in 2017. pic.twitter.com/9yOlaQtiBQ
— Mesut Özil (@thatOzilPass) August 13, 2016
Mertesacker should never even start for us. Another horrendous choice.
— GoonRambler (@GoonRambler) August 13, 2016