By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger has rejected suggestions that a lack of leadership was responsible for Arsenal's poor performance at the weekend.
The Frenchman watched his team slip to a surprise 3-2 defeat against West Bromwich Albion after a lacklustre display at Emirates Stadium. Afterwards he admitted his team "lacked electricity" and had "lost a generator".
One reporter asked whether captain Cesc Fabregas was that 'generator' but Wenger dismissed the notion. The manager picked up the theme ahead of Tuesday night's Champions League trip, insisting that a successful team needs more than one leader.
"It is always tempting when you lose a game to say there is no leader but I believe you share leadership," said Wenger.
"We have plenty of players of character and it was not down to that. It was 0-0 at half time and we were two behind after 52 minutes - it is more down to the way we conceded the goals."
Fabregas will miss the Group H clash with Partizan Belgrade with a hamstring injury while Saturday's skipper, Manuel Almunia, is out after injuring his elbow. Thomas Vermaelen captained Arsenal in pre-season but he is also absent with an Achilles problem. So who will Wenger hand the armband to?
"I have not named the team yet," he replied. "We will make some changes because some players need a breather and we have some fresh players as well.
"But I do not know who will be captain."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 27 Sep 2010