WTTGT Writer: Stuart Court
It’s a summer of some uncertainty at the Emirates. The one constant is the ongoing quest from Catalunya to sign Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas.
Barcelona players are almost pining for Cesc. Should the current number for depart, who may be called upon to take on the captain’s armband?
Robin van Persie
Van Persie’s goals have proved to be the catalyst in keeping the club in contention for honours when all around him have struggled for form. RVP has matured at the Emirates and has held the armband in the past when Fabregas was absent. This may complete his rise in the hearts and minds of the Gunners faithful. But his future and loyalty has been called into question in some circles this summer and Wenger may want to avoid a similar process in the near future if whispers that RVP sees his future elsewhere are found to be accurate.
His feet have hardly touched the floor since putting himself on the biggest stages around a little over a year ago. He was fast tracked to the senior set-up with England and the one saving grace from a cataclysmic end to the season at the Emirates. Giving the youngster the captaincy could be just what young Jack needs. It’s largely expected that Jack will take the armband one day and probably remain at Arsenal throughout his career, however at his current tender age, it’s probably a bit to soon.
Possibly a dark-horse in any quest to be the next captain of Arsenal, but an understated one. He is seen as the most competent and complete defensive player at the club and would bring back memories of the hard-nosed defenders of the past that have worn the armband. But despite that poetry, his injury problems have stunted his growth at Arsenal in recent months with his 2010/11 season being wiped out with a constant achilles problem. Moving past the injury and proving his worth once more to Wenger may mean the armband passes him by when Cesc leaves, but Wenger may still throw a curveball and hand the honour to the big man at the back.
For me, it should go to Wilshere. He has shown he can handle any responsibility or weight of expectation put on him and it would give a clear indication that Wenger is looking for a fresh start. It would also be a popular one for the Arsenal supporters as he’s seen as one of us, and would cushion the blow Cesc’s departure will bring for the trophy-starved Emirates regulars.