Things might be looking rosy at Arsenal, with an FA Cup Final on the horizon and Champions League football secured for another season, but there has been an underlying ruefulness throughout the season with the continued and elongated absence of club captain Mikel Arteta.
The Spaniard hasn’t featured for the Gunners since a 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund at the end of November, a match where he picked up his inhibiting knee injury that has led to numerous set-backs and almost six months on the sidelines.
If the 33-year-old is unable to carry on in his duties as captain given his inability to remain fit, and this looks a real danger day-by-day; who would be the ideal candidate to take over as club skipper? We look at five options Arsene Wenger could choose below:
1) Aaron Ramsey
The Welshman is Arsenal’s future. Every season, every week, every game Ramsey earns more and more acumen, plaudits and respect and it’s obvious just what a crucial player he is to his side.
Whilst at 24-years-old he might look too young an option to be captain – though this didn’t stop Gary Speed electing him Wales skip when he was then just 21 – Ramsey has the calm head, the admiration of his teammates and the intelligence and know-how to be an effective and inspirational leader on the pitch.