The German centre-back, who got a taste for the Gunners armband two weeks ago during the Emirates Cup, was the natural choice for the role having been a consistent presence in the heart of defence at the tail end of last term.
Let’s not forget he’s also the squad’s debt-collector extraordinaire.
Justifying Per’s ascent to changing-room top dog, Wenger explained: “It [centre back] is a position that is interesting for a captain because he has the game in front of him, he’s in the centre of the pitch, he has experience and he did it until now. There’s no basic reason to change that.”
Captain of former club Werder Bremen the BFG shouldn’t be overly flustered by the added responsibility although a helping hand from the likes of Bacary Sagna (when fit), Laurent Koscielny and Jack Wilshere wouldn’t go amiss during these testing times.
Good luck to Per. Fingers crossed he starts his reign with a win on the (Steve) morrow.