By Giuseppe Muro

Arsène Wenger insists he has no intention of taking away the captain’s armband to ease the pressure on Cesc Fabregas.

It’s fair to say this season has so far been a frustrating one for the Arsenal skipper. After picking up a hamstring injury against Sunderland in September he has struggled to find full fitness and since then has admitted to not being at his fluent best. A frustration compounded when he limped off against Braga in midweek.

The role of captain brings added responsibility to lead by example, something that would be hard for any player not at 100 per cent let alone a World Cup winner who barely had any rest over the summer.

Wenger has admitted he may give the midfielder extra time to recover from his latest setback, but releasing him of his captaincy duties? That is out of the question.

“For me he's a fantastic leader,” said Wenger. “In every big game he takes the ball and plays and is not scared. That's what you want from a leader.

“When you take the captaincy away from someone you put more pressure on that person. You tell them that he's not good enough to be captain.

“I think he will develop more [as captain]. He had a period where he had problems with his hamstring - but the more you make a case of it the more it becomes a problem.”

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25 Nov 2010