Arsene Wenger says that Thomas Vermaelen will remain captain despite the Belgian being dropped for the final part of last season and being absent through injury.
It’s thought the former Ajax man could miss the start of the season with the back injury that has kept him from the Asia Tour, but the Arsenal manager says he’s not inclined to make any long-term changes.
“I cannot stick with him now because I think he will miss the start of the season,” he said. “But certainly, he will still be the club captain. He had a back problem.
“He came in with it and he couldn’t practice until now. He’s out for how long we don’t know. There is nothing behind that at all. There is no bad feeling because he didn’t play at the end of the season.
“It’s just an unfortunate injury.”
In his absence Mike Arteta has worn the armband, and will continue to do so, but clearly there are implications if he were to be made skipper on a full-time basis.
On the other hand, Vermaelen is no longer an automatic starter, so it remains to be seen how he’ll cope with that role and the position as club captain.
Ultimately though, it’s not a huge issue by any means, we just don’t have much else to talk about.