By Chris Harris

Cesc Fabregas' dedication to the Arsenal cause made him the ideal candidate to succeed William Gallas, according to Arsène Wenger.

The Arsenal manager revealed the identity of the Club's new captain at his pre-match press conference on Monday. Shortly afterwards, Wenger was asked whether Fabregas would be more committed now he was wearing the armband.

The questioner was subtly referring to speculation which has linked Fabregas with a move away from Emirates Stadium, but Wenger insisted that the 21-year-old's commitment could not be questioned even before he made captain.

"I don't know [if the captaincy will increase Fabregas' commitment] but I never put in doubt his commitment to the Club," said the Frenchman. "That was one of the reasons [I appointed him]. It's important you are the voice of the Club to the outside and your commitment is not questioned.

"I don't know how it will be accepted or not by the fans but I made the decision because I thought it was the right one.

"I don't know frankly [if it will be easier to keep Fabregas now]. When you make that decision you don't think about that.

"It's a very young side and you need a player who is nearly sure to play every game and in a very young side you don't have many of those. You have to be sure that 90 per cent of the time he will play."

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25 Nov 2008