Vermaelen named Arsenal captain
Emirates Stadium manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed the
26-year-old centre-back will skipper the club and midfielder Mikel
Arteta will serve as his deputy.
Vermaelen succeeds Van Persie as Arsenal’s captain as the
Dutchman is expected to complete a ?24million move to Manchester
There had been speculation Wenger could have turned to
injury-plagued England international Jack Wilshere, but he has
instead named Vermaelen.
The Belgium international has himself struggled with a variety
of injuries since arriving at Arsenal in a ?10m move from Ajax in
the summer of 2009.
But Wenger has faith in the centre-back, as he said at a press
conference ahead of Saturday’s Premier League season opener: “It is
Vermaelen and Arteta.
“Vermaelen was vice-captain, so it is a quick decision. I think
we have many potential captains in the squad but at the moment it
will be like that.”