By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger is convinced that Cesc Fabregas will one day captain his country.
The issue of 'leadership' cropped up last week after Denilson suggested that Fabregas was not a leader in the traditional sense. That misunderstanding was soon patched up by both players and Fabregas underlined his captaincy credentials with another inspirational display against Wigan at the weekend.
Wenger handed Fabregas the armband in November 2008 but he spotted the Spaniard's capacity to lead much earlier than that. After Saturday's 3-0 win the manager was asked to identify Fabregas’ attributes.
"His character. [He is] strong, strong mentally. And his intelligence," replied Wenger.
"He understands very quickly and he has a huge desire to win. He is ready to die to win. When a guy turns up at 16 or 17 and everybody gives him the ball, he has some natural charisma. I believe he will be an outstanding leader and he will lead the national team in Spain without any problem.
"At 16, he was shy. I do not believe in being a born leader but you can see that the qualities are there or someone can develop into a leader. You learn that. Overall, one of the leaderships he has is on the football pitch - that strengthens your belief he can lead the team.
"What people forget he is 23 years old. I have been 23. What he does on the football pitch at that age, as a leader, is absolutely fantastic."Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 24 Jan 2011