In light of Per Mertesacker’s retirement the Arsenal captaincy is once again up for grabs.
The criteria for the role tends to be, you’re seriously injured, you’re eager to leave…or both. With that in mind, Laurent Koscielny, currently vice-captain and sidelined until November, looks to be a shoo-in for the position. No doubt he’s already got his own fine jar and everything.
Of course, given he’s not going to play for ages, who will take the armband in the meantime? New coach Unai Emery says that decision is yet to be made – he’s still getting to know the personalities in his squad – but he’s looking at potentially five players.
Well, that’s how we’re interpreting his quotes. As we know, the new boss is still getting to grips with the English language and as such, there’s room for confusion, despite his impressively quick grasp of the basics.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s pre-season friendly with Boreham Wood, Emery revealed:
“We’ve spoken about that [the captaincy]. My idea is to know every player and to know, also, the personality of the players. And then, I think my first idea is to have five captains in the team.
“But at the moment, I don’t know the names. I need to know more and also, firstly, Koscielny is the first captain now and for me, I have respect for that.
“Then, we are looking at, looking for, who are the players whose personality is the best in the dressing room.
“We want to keep the respect for these players and to find the captain and choose very well the best player for that.”
Assuming he commits his future to the club, you’d imagine that Aaron Ramsey is someone the coaching set-up is keeping an eye on for the role. The experience of Petr Cech, Nacho Monreal and Henrikh Mkhitaryan counts in their favour, while new boys Stephan Lichtsteiner and Sokratis might also fancy it. The good thing is there are lots of candidates.