By Declan Taylor

Arsène Wenger insists that new captain Cesc Fabregas cannot lead the team alone.

Wenger has long championed the need for “shared leadership” on the pitch and the manager does not think that Fabregas’ appointment as skipper will change that.

At 21, the Spaniard is one of the younger players in the squad and, speaking at Monday's press conference, his manager was keen to highlight how important the rest of the team will be to the midfielder’s tenure with the armband.

“I believe that personally the captain is the voice of the club towards the outside,” said Wenger at Monday’s pre-match press conference. “Of course he is one of the leaders of the team but I have told you many times that I do not believe in one providential man in the dressing room that sorts out all the problems. 

“A successful team has a shared leadership inside the dressing room and he will be one of the leaders but not the only one. It is very important that we share that leadership inside the dressing room.”

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24 Nov 2008