Sitting at home yesterday, watching the Leicester game and I got pulled into an Arsenal conversation with my brother who is also an Arsenal fan.
As we watched the game, from where he sat he called and said ‘’Oreva, who is Arsenal’s captain?’’
Of course I felt the question was stupid and quickly answered ‘’Arteta na’’ and went back to watching Mahrez dazzle and make a mess of the Aston Villa players.
But then reality struck me, he didn’t just ask that question because he didn’t know that Arteta was our captain. Apparently the question was deeper than it seemed.
The question was a call to question Wenger’s decision to keep Arteta as the Captain even though he is either injured or on the bench 95% of the time.
One wonders, why is he still the captain??
Every team has the opportunity to change their captains at the beginning of every season, if it’s the same way with in FM tho and we wonder why Wenger has stuck with Arteta.
When Vermaelen left, we all wondered who was going to be the new captain. I for one wanted it to be Per or Cazorla but then Wenger burst my bubbles and decided to go with Arteta for reasons best known to him and then picked Per as vice and Cazorla as third choice.
The decision seemed an okay one back then seeing as Arteta was almost always in the team but then ‘hurricane Coquelin’ came and hit him hard and now our beloved captain can barely get game time.
Wenger is not a first time offender for this ‘your-captain-should-be-on-the-bench’ experiment tho. Going back a few years, I remember Gallas was seeing a lot of the bench before he finally left and then Vermaelen too was another sitting Captain.
We could attribute Vermaelen’s sitting to his injuries tho but he was still captain and now Arteta.
This case is even made worse with the fact that deputy Mertesacker also is out and third choice Cazorla has been made to wear the armband in their absence.
I can hear you saying Mertesacker has been injured thats why but looking at the understanding that the Koscielny-Gabriel partnership is experiencing, coupled with their good returns, Per might be sitting on the bench some more.
Koscielny-Gabriel has played 5 games together, won 5, kept 4 clean sheets and conceded just 1. That there is something any manager would look at twice before breaking.
Vincent Kompany, Philip Lahm, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Ramos…. All bring to mind starting captains who lead their teams in defeat and wins.
So Yes Mertesacker can be back in the team soon and wear the armband again but what about Arteta?
Should we continue to stick with a sitting captain?
Should Wenger make a new appointment official?
These and many more are questions that I cannot answer and I have to admit that I don’t think the situation would change any time soon.
Lets keep observing. Bye