By Richard Clarke
 
Arsène Wenger is in no hurry to name his new captain.
 
The departure of Thierry Henry has created a vacancy to lead out the side. Gilberto is probably the favourite after filling the role in the Frenchman's lengthy absence last season.

However, somewhat surprisingly, William Gallas wore the armband at Salzburg on Wednesday less than a year after signing from Chelsea. Afterwards Wenger explained his reasoning.
 
"In every game you need a captain," he said. "William has all the ingredients needed to be a captain along with Kolo and Gilberto. He has a lot of experience.
 
"Also centre back is the best position to captain the team because you are in a position to see all the problems on the pitch. It is a better position than a centre forward or a wide player.
 
"But we go game by game right now. At the moment the captain problem is not the biggest one. The biggest problem is to be fit."

Copyright 2014 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 Richard Clarke 26 Jul 2007