Thomas Vermaelen is confirmed as new Arsenal captain

Thomas Vermaelen is confirmed as the new Arsenal captain by Arsène Wenger after Robin van Persie's departure

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
thomas vermaelen
Thomas Vermaelen was the heavy favourite to be handed the armband Photo: Arsenal FC

thomas vermaelen

Thomas Vermaelen has been confirmed as Arsenal’s new captain following the imminent departure of Robin van Persie.

The Belgian centre-half was the favourite to be handed the armband after Van Persie sealed a £24m move to Manchester United this week.

Arsène Wenger also confirmed midfielder Mikel Arteta as the club’s new vice-captain. “The new captain is Vermaelen and [the vice-captain is] Mikel Arteta,” Wenger said on Friday.

“Vermaelen was vice-captain, so it is a quick decision. We have many potential captains in this team.”

Wenger also confirmed that both Laurent Koscielny and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss Arsenal’s Premier League opener against Sunderland on Saturday through injury. New signing Santi Cazorla and winger Theo Walcott will undergo late fitness tests.

Meanwhile, the Arsenal boss admitted Alex Song could leave the club this summer, with Barcelona having been heavily linked with a move for the midfielder, but Wenger also stressed that the Gunners could yet still bring in some new faces before the transfer window closes.

MORE:

MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

Exclusive interview
The Sport Review
Exclusive interview: John Barnes on why Roberto Firmino is Liverpool FC’s most important player
The Sport Review
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Meet Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s girlfriend Amine Gulse
The Sport Review
Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house with us
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Chelsea, Arsenal stars feature – Slideshow
The Sport Review
Meet Chelsea FC star Andreas Christensen’s girlfriend Katrine Friis
2018 Review
The Sport Review
Milestones and memories, with Federer, Djokovic, Nadal, Halep, Radwanska, and more
The Sport Review
Gary Lineker sends message to Mo Salah after Liverpool FC’s 4-0 win at Bournemouth
The Sport Review
Arsenal to consider selling Mesut Ozil in January – report