Mertesacker named new Arsenal captain

Mertesacker named new Arsenal captain

Mertesacker named new Arsenal captain

Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Robin Van Persie were all examples of this, but in the last two years, Arsenal have been able to turn the tables, assembling a talented squad without having to find replacements each and every summer.

Nevertheless, the reaction to Mertesacker's appointment has been mixed, with some praising his leadership skills as a flawless reason for him to be captain, while others are concerned about his lack of playing time...

"As good as Arsenal are going forward, defensively I am very anxious for them at the moment with all the injuries they have got", Jenas told BBC Sport.

Wenger is now contending with a defensive crisis at the back following injuries to Per Mertesacker, Gabriel Paulista and Laurent Koscielny ahead of Sunday's season opener against Liverpool at The Emirates. One of them will be Koscielny, also Cazorla and Cech maybe - the experienced players.

Manager Arsene Wenger believes his senior players are capable of sharing the armband until the 31-year-old makes his return.

'We will have a group of people that will take care of the energy levels and the problems of the team. "That will be down a lot to the experienced players".

While Arsenal are blessed with remarkable depth in central midfield, centre-half will be an issue against Jurgen Klopp's side for their Premier League opener.

Jack Wilshere accompanies Mertesacker on the sidelines at the start of the season but he is thrilled with the appointment.

'It is good news for us.

The playmaker has reiterated on a number of occasions that he is happy in North-London, and should be looking to build on our second in the league from last season. "For me anyway, over the last few seasons he has been like a captain", the England worldwide told Arsenal Player.

"Ideally we have many leaders in the team and the captain is only one of them".

"He is organised, and he won't take any nonsense from anyone".

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