Arsene Wenger names Mikel Arteta as new Arsenal captain with Mertesacker as deputy

Arsene Wenger has named Mikel Arteta as the new captain of Arsenal with Per Mertesacker taking up the role of vice-captain.

The captain’s armband was vacant after Thomas Vermaelen departed for Barcelona so Wenger decided to name the veteran Spaniard as the team’s new leader on the pitch.

Arteta could not have made a better start to life as skipper, lifting the Community Shield after a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Manchester City.

It also bodes well for Arteta’s future at Arsenal. The midfielder has only 12 months remaining on his contract but negotiations have apparently begun to extend his current deal.

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