Injuries, poor form, disciplinary problems and protracted transfer sagas.
In the last 15 years, they’ve been the hallmark of Arsenal captains, the majority of whom have left the club inside three years of being handed the armband.
It’s a curse that Martin Odegaard will be hoping to avoid now that he’s been handed the responsibility by Mikel Arteta on a full-time basis.
After leading his teammates to a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace, it’s so far so good for the Norwegian, even if he didn’t have his best game in Gunners colours.
“I don’t feel any special pressure with it,” he told the Evening Standard on Friday.
“Obviously there’s a little bit more responsibility, but I think I will do a lot of the same things.
“I always try to do my best for the team. I’m not going to change too much just because it’s a permanent thing now.
“I will do the same things and obviously when he [Mikel Arteta] wants me to be the captain I’ve done something right so keep going in that direction, maybe learn and grow a bit with time.
“But I have to do it my way and that’s what I will try to do. I enjoy the responsibility and hopefully I can do it in a good way.”
We’ll be keeping a close eye on Martin throughout the season and making sure bad habits don’t start kicking in.
That means no weird on-pitch tantrums, no days at the Formula 1, no statements referencing ‘you guys’, no w*nker signs at supporters, no traffic jams, no ‘let me join Bordeaux, please’ and no nice things said about Barcelona, ever. Also, no bad hamstrings, calves, quads, backs, ankles or suchlike.
We’ve been burned too often.