Arsene Wenger says that when Laurent Koscielny went off against Man City on Sunday, there was no real focus on who would take the captain’s armband.
The lack of an on-field captain was noticed by eagle-eyed fans, and the Arsenal manager, who often downplays the significance of the captaincy, was hard pressed to recall if a decision had been made.
Sounds like nobody was wearing the captain's armband after Kos went off. That doesn't necessarily mean we didn't have a captain. Hey ho.
— Andrew Allen (@AAllenSport) April 3, 2017
“I don’t remember,” he said.
“It is a good question. Nobody asked me who is captain. I will have 24 hours to think about that.”
Premier League rules state that a team must have a nominated captain, and although Arsenal appear to have broken that, there will be nothing more than a reminder to stay on top of situations like that in the future.
With Koscielny out of Wednesday night’s game with an Achilles problem that could be serious, Wenger will have to make his mind up as to who will wear the armband.
He spoke on Tuesday about Per Mertesacker, the club captain, but hinted his lack of competition might not see him involved.
Potential candidates to be captain tomorrow are Theo Walcott (who has done it this season), Nacho Monreal, Alexis Sanchez, Inanimate Carbon Rod and a dog that has run onto the pitch.