Ever since Mikel Arteta’s retirement at the end of last season, Arsenal have been busy choosing a new club captain. Reports today suggest they’ve reached an unexpected decision.
Many had believed Arsene Wenger would give the armband to Laurent Koscielny or maybe even new signing Granit Xhaka. However, Goal are now claiming that Per Mertesacker is set to lead the team.
Their report adds:
“Mertesacker’s central defensive partner Laurent Koscielny will be given the vice-captaincy, while Petr Cech and Theo Walcott are alternate options if the former two aren’t on the pitch.”
The German has plentiful experience not only at club level but was also a World Cup winner with Germany in 2014. He has made over 200 appearances for the Gunners since arriving in 2011 following stints at both Werder Bremen and Hannover.
His time at the club has been somewhat mixed with his lamentable pace often sparking heavy criticism. At times, however, his partnership with Koscielny has looked dependable and solid.
Despite his newfound leadership role, the thirty-one-year-old may find himself without a place in the team come the start of the new season with Arsenal frequently being linked with a move for Kostas Manolas.