Arsene Wenger’s track record with Arsenal captains is nothing short of horrendous, with Le Professeur never finding an adequate el capitano replacement for the imperious Tony Adams when he departed at the end of the 2001/02 season.
Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry were the next heir to the thrones, but both were only given the armband in order to try and keep them at the club as long as possible. However, when the duo realised the Gunners were forever destined to finish fourth, William Gallas was handed the honour.
That went well.
The emotional blackmail then returned with Barcelona fangirl, Cesc Fabregas, next in line before Robin van Persie took over when the Spaniard said: “Adios!”.
Like so many before him, RvP decided that no amount of money in the world was worth having to bark orders to Andre Santos, Park Chu-Young and Ryo Miyaichi and headed to more successful climates up the M40.
Le Professeur started to get the idea when he handed the captaincy to Thomas Vermaelen, however, the Gunners reached peak Arsenal when the Belgium international was regularly injured and then couldn’t force his way back into the team. Still somehow blagged a move to Barca.
Mikel Arteta took over from the departed Vermaelen but now, due to a combination of injuries and being shit, the former Everton midfielder looks set to retire at the end of the season. However, vice-captain, Per Mertesacker, won’t be handed the armband due to the growing realisation that Gabriel may well dislodge the BFG next season.
Wenger, according to the Mirror, will award Petr Cech the honour, which will see Arsenal have their first proper captain since Tony Adams.