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Vermaelen & Arteta Named Captain & Vice-Captain

With the departure of Robin van Persie, the captain`s armband was without owner once again.

Since Tony Adams retired we`ve had a succession of captain`s chosen only for them to depart soon after. Vieira, Henry, Gallas, Fabregas and now he who shall not be named. It`s a worrying trend.

Of course it`s not a curse of any kind, more in that Arsene has, more recently, used the captain`s armband as a carrot dangled to try and entice a player to commit more to the club (with the possible exception of William Gallas), but with the announcement that Thomas Vermaelen has been name the new club captain as expected I think that has changed a little.

Vermaelen proved this summer that it is possible to extend an Arsenal contract with minimum fuss if you really want to stay. With another four years on his deal I don`t foresee him going anywhere soon.

Mikel Arteta has been named vice-captain, which is also pretty cool.




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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 17 2012

Time: 9:50AM

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A no-brainer, if you ask me. It just followed the natural trend, as expected. Another reason I believe Vermaelen will be captain for the long term is because (other than Gallas) he is the first Defender to be chosen since Tony Adams. Arteta is a worthy deputy; an honour which could easily have fallen to Song.
Naijagunner
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17/08/2012 10:49:00

I think the fact that he only signed a new deal only a couple of months ago made him a good choice. Of course deals don't always amount to much, but having signed it so recently means he has no plans to go anywhere, for now.
Rocky7
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17/08/2012 10:58:00

Vice Captain could of gone to Sagna, Kozzer OR Arteta. All would have been as worthy candidates. Althoguh Arteta's greater experience probably swung it for him. It's nice to have a chest thumping CB as Captain who doesn't mind shouting down a few team mates. Atleast Vermaelen gives 100% every week, even if occasionally he drops a clanger. I like my Captains rare, with snarly teeth and the stare of the devil in their eyes.
Scotch Eggs Rule
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17/08/2012 11:05:00

Agree with you the SER. Leaders can be leaders with or without the armband, but there's something to be said for having a captain who looks like he'll rip you face off if you sit in his favorite chair.
Rocky7
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17/08/2012 11:08:00

Haha! Verm the ripper...
Naijagunner
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17/08/2012 11:20:00

Was expected. Happy that Art is vice captain.
Ned Stark
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17/08/2012 23:33:00

Good to see a defensive player as captain (although that didn't work with Gallas). Let's hope that Verm can bring some organization to the team, plus some inspiration.
prits
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19/08/2012 07:40:00

 

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