‘Our new captain was the natural choice’

Arsene Wenger has revealed who will be Arsenal’s new captain for the 2016/17 season - and he says they are the “natural" choice.


Per Mertesacker will take the armband this season, with senior team-mates filling in until his return from injury.

“Per is a very respected figure in the dressing room, is loved as well and is also a very demanding figure. I think it is absolutely natural to be [him],” Wenger told Arsenal Player.

“[In his absence] that’s where it will be taken by the assistants. One of them will be Koscielny, also Cazorla - the experienced players - Cech maybe.

“We will have a group of people that will take care of the energy levels and the problems of the team. That will be down a lot to the experienced players.”

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