Robin van Persie has been confirmed as Arsenal's new captain.

The Dutch international has been at the Club since May 2004 and succeeds Cesc Fabregas, who left for Barcelona this week.

"Robin van Persie will be captain this season," Arsène Wenger told the Official Matchday Programme.

"He is a leader through the way he plays, through his attitude and through his desire to win.

"He’s been at the Club a long time and he’s a technical leader as well. Thomas Vermaelen will assist him, it’s the decision I have made and I’m confident the group will respond to it."

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