Mikel Arteta says he wants to bring some stability to the role of captain and the leadership group at the club as he continues his new job as Arsenal manager.
There have been many issues with the captaincy in recent times, with Laurent Koscielny going on strike last summer to ensure a departure from the club, while Granit Xhaka became the shortest-lived skipper in recent memory after he was stripped of the armband following his reaction to being substituted against Crystal Palace.
However, the new boss is trying to foster a culture of togetherness as he looks to get the team back on track, and isn’t planning any significant changes yet.
“The more stability we can generate with our captain and the players we have in the squad, I think the more clarity we will have to transmit to the fans what we are trying to do,” he told Sky Sports.
“There are many factors, some we cannot control, but at the moment everything is OK and not the time for me to change things in place because I haven’t seen real things to make the decisions.
“We have some leaders, some are more leaders on the pitch and some more outside the pitch. Some have influence to players that is very necessary.
“We want to bring all together.”
He also made reference again to how he wants this team to behave, and is keen to avoid cliques in the dressing room.
“The leadership many times is related to how this team lives together,” he continued.
“The moment you start to see different groups, they have leaders in these groups, but they are not shared in the best common interests of the group and this is what I wanted to avoid.
“I have been at clubs that have four or five captains. It is more a leadership group than captains. At the end it is one guy wearing the armband and after the team picks the leaders.
“The moment they pick the leaders is when someone talks if they listen or they are looking at the roof.
“That is when you see.”