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Arsenal Fans Underwhelmed By Wenger’s Reported Choice For New Captain

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 04: Santi Cazorla of Arsenal reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Emirates Stadium on April 4, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Arsenal have been without a club captain since the end of last season when Mikel Arteta retired from football and moved north to take up a coaching role alongside Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

It was widely assumed that the armband would be passed to Per Mertesacker this season, having deputised last term when Arteta was injured. However, following the German’s knee injury suffered in training and the five-month lay off now facing the centre-back, manager Arsène Wenger has had to rethink his choice for the coming season.

Now, according to the Daily Star, the Arsenal manager has turned to midfielder Santi Cazorla to lead the side out on Sunday for their season opener against Liverpool. The 31-year-old Spain international has been at the Emirates since 2012 and has made 121 appearances for the Gunners, becoming something of a fan favourite along the way.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 13: Santi Cazorla of Arsenal celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on December 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Though experienced and reliable for Arsenal, Gunners fans have still been taken by surprise at Wenger’s selection, with many having assumed that Petr Cech or Laurent Koscielny were the most likely candidates to succeed Arteta.

However, many fans are delighted at the news that the Spaniard is to lead their team into the new Premier League season.

Choosing a captain is never an easy decision as there is often more than one leader on the team who is deserving of the responsibility. Fan feeling will always be mixed but it appears that while there are some Arsenal fans who might have gone another way, the general consensus is that Cazorla will make a fine captain.

All they need now is a couple of experienced defenders and they will be ready to go.

Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena

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