Saturday, 11 August 2018

I Will Accept Arsenal Captaincy

With a new era at Arsenal and the retirement of ex-captain Per Mertesacker at the end of last season, it has become necessary to appoint a new captain.

The Gunners will begin the 2018/19 Premier League season with a clash with current league holders Manchester City on Sunday but strange enough, fans are still pondering on who will be in possession of the armband.

Unai Emery said upon his arrival at the Emirates Stadium in May that he would like to work with five captains, a style commonly adopted in the Spanish La Liga. However, it is expected that one of those would be the main man or can there be five captains in a ship? No! Having two would even end up disastrous if both give conflicting orders at the same time.

In view of this, one of the predicted and much talked about candidates is Aaron Ramsey. The 27-year-old was hailed by the new manager who revealed that he plans to build his team around him. This has made some fans conclude that he will be the new skipper while others feel Granit Xhaka is the ideal one to lead the line.

Speaking on the vacancy in the leadership position at the club, Ramsey revealed that just like every other player, he would happily accept to captain Arsenal if offered the highly-demanding role.

“The captaincy is a massive responsibility and it would be an honour to captain this club,” Ramsey said, smiling.

“The manager is yet to decide so we’ll have to wait and see. But if the opportunity is there, I don’t think any player would say no. I’m no different.”

There is still uncertainty over the future of the Wales international whose contract expires at the end of the season. All attempts to tie him down to a new one has so far fallen on rocky ground though Arsenal are optimistic that he will commit his future to the London club.

The clue the longest-serving Arsenal player gave here as to why there is a delay in agreeing a deal is that he wants to take his rightful place on the pitch. He is fed up with playing out of position on the flank and want to be assured of a place in the cemtre before putting pen to paper.

We expect Arsenal to announce who their new captain will be before they begin their season on Sunday, August 12.

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