Emmanuel Frimpong says new captain Robin van Persie is the perfect man to take Arsenal forward.

The Dutchman was appointed skipper following Cesc Fabregas’ departure to Barcelona last week and wore the armband against Liverpool on Saturday.

“I couldn’t have picked a better captain for Arsenal,” Frimpong told the Official Matchday Programme.

“I just wish him luck as captain and hopefully he can take the Club forward.

“When I was in the Reserve team and used to come over to train with the first team he was always so good to me - he makes everyone feel welcome and cracks jokes with them, which is just what you need.”

This interview first appeared in the Official Matchday Programme. You can subscribe to the Matchday Programme by calling 08700 20 20 20.

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