Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Mikel Arteta will be the club captain this season, with Per Mertesacker his vice-captain.
The Spaniard is one of the manager’s most trusted men, and his influence and leadership qualities – on and off the pitch – have convinced the Frenchman to give him the armband.
The former Everton man is greatly respected by the players and was a fairly obvious choice in the wake of Thomas Vermaelen’s departure.
Mertesacker as his second in command will ensure that the Arsenal dressing room is a place where discipline is key, but neither player would ever be accused of setting a poor example.
Congratulations to Mikel, and let’s hope that today’s trophy lifting is not the last of his tenure.