Who is Arsenal's greatest captain? You can join the big debate during tonight's Matchday Show on Arsenal TV Online.

In the wake of Cesc Fabregas' appointment as Arsenal skipper, we'll be debating the merits of the Club's previous leaders before the Champions League clash with Dynamo Kyiv.

Former Gunner Paul Davis will be part of our commentary team and you can hear his thoughts on the captaincy issue before kick-off. As ever, your e-mails will be a key part of the show so have your say now. Remember to type 'Greatest Captain' in the e-mail subject bar.

To give you a helping hand, we've picked out eight of the Club's finest skippers. Read on, then tell us what YOU think.

You can have an immediate glimpse into the views of your fellow fans by taking part in our online poll.

Tom Parker

Tom Parker
(Arsenal 1926-1933)

Captained the club to its first major trophy - the 1930 FA Cup. Signed by Herbert Chapman in 1926 and kicked off his Arsenal career with 172 consecutive first-team matches, a Club record that still stands today. A reliable defender, Parker led the side to the 1927 FA Cup Final but suffered defeat against Cardiff. Made amends three years later as Arsenal beat Huddersfield at Wembley. Parker skippered the side to its first League title in 1931 before leaving the Club in 1933.

 

Eddie Hapgood

Eddie Hapgood
(Arsenal 1927-1944)

Hapgood succeeded Parker as captain and was a key figure in Arsenal's all-conquering 1930s side under the stewardship of Herbert Chapman and then George Allison. Hapgood skippered the club to four League titles between 1933 and 1938 and lifted the FA Cup in 1936. He was just as influential for his country, winning 21 of his 30 caps as England captain. He wore the armband for the first time on November 14, 1934, in the infamous 'Battle of Highbury' against Italy.

 

Joe Mercer

Joe Mercer
(Arsenal 1946-1955)

Mercer joined Arsenal during a barren spell for the Club but soon lifted the team to greater heights. Appointed captain shortly after his arrival in 1946, Mercer led Arsenal to the title in 1948 and lifted the FA Cup in 1950, scooping the Footballer of the Year award in the same year. FA Cup Final defeat followed in 1952 but Mercer's influence told the following season when he captained Arsenal to another League championship.

 

Gunners Greatest 50 Players - Frank McLintock

Frank McLintock
(Arsenal 1964-1973)

McLintock started out as an inside-forward but was converted to centre-half and made captain by Bertie Mee in 1967. It was a masterstroke. McLintock overcame two League Cup Final defeats in the late 1960s to inspire a famous comeback in the 1970 Fairs Cup Final before leading Arsenal to the Club's first League and Cup 'double' a year later. The Scot led by example and was an influential figure in the dressing room and on the pitch.

 

Gunners Greatest 50 Players - Pat Rice

Pat Rice
(Arsenal 1967-1980)
One of the Club's most loyal servants. Pat freely admits he wasn't the most naturally talented but sheer hard work got him into the first team and he stayed there throughout the 1970s. Pat reaped the rewards for his efforts as a member of the 1971 'double' side before captaining the Club to four Cup Finals between 1978 and 1980. Pat lifted the FA Cup at Wembley in 1979 after a dramatic win over Manchester United. Now assistant to Arsène Wenger and as respected as ever.

 

Gunners Greatest 50 Players - Kenny Sansom

Kenny Sansom
(Arsenal 1980-1988)
Not the noisiest of captains but his record for club and country demanded respect. Kenny is still the most capped left back in England history (with 86 appearances) and nobody has won more international caps as an Arsenal player. He led his club through a barren spell in the mid-1980s but got his hands on a trophy in his final full season as captain, lifting the Littlewoods Cup in 1987 after a 2-1 win over Liverpool at Wembley.

 

Tony Adams

Tony Adams
(Arsenal 1983-2002)
Often referred to as Mr. Arsenal, Tony was the ultimate one-club man. Became Arsenal's youngest ever captain (aged just 21 years and 82 days) when he succeeded Sansom in 1988 and led the Club to nine major trophies, including League titles in three different decades. Tony was the ultimate leader, bringing the best out of his team-mates and putting himself on the line for the Arsenal cause. Now manager at Portsmouth but still a legend to Arsenal supporters.

 

Gunners Greatest 50 Players - Patrick Vieira

Patrick Vieira
(Arsenal 1996-2005)
Arsenal's first foreign captain and the obvious choice to succeed Adams in 2002. Proved leadership credentials by skippering Cannes as a teenager and led Arsenal with distinction, lifting the FA Cup in 2003 before playing a key role in the unbeaten title campaign which followed. The captain of The Invincibles was probably the Premier League's finest midfielder at his peak, helping Wenger's Arsenal become a major force in Europe once more.

 
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