HE SCORES WHEN HE WANTS
According to the BBC's David Ornstein, Arsenal will name defender Thomas Vermaelen as team captain for the 2012-2013 Premier League season. Vermaelen was the vice-captain last season to striker Robin van Persie, who will (most likely) be playing for Manchester United this season. This, of course, would represent a conflict of interest if he were to remain Arsenal captain.
The club will likely announce this in the next day or so, and soon after we will have to endure a week (or year) of jokes about Vermaelen leaving to Barcelona or United or something. So it goes.
Vermaelen had a bit of a hit-or-miss season on the field last year, but his leadership has never been questioned, to my knowledge. There were a few other options that were bandied about - some floated Mikel Arteta or Bacary Sagna as possible captains - but Vermaelen was always the most likely.
I'm hopeful that the armband will instill a sense of honor and duty in Vermaelen even greater than before, and that perhaps that will make him occasionally stay back near the goal and play some damn defense occasionally.
Is Vermaelen the captain you were hoping for?
I'm happy with Captain Vermaelen. (477 votes)
I preferred Arteta. (37 votes)
I preferred Sagna. (18 votes)
I preferred someone else entirely. (9 votes)
Captaincy is an outdated notion that's mostly pointless, so I don't care who's captain. (25 votes)
566 total votes