Petr Cech could well become Arsenal’s new captain after the current season is over according to Mirror. The armband currently belongs to Mikel Arteta. The Spaniard looks set to quit the Emirates at the end of the season along with Rosicky and Flamini though, so the captaincy will be up for grabs.
Obviously, Per Mertesacker should be in the race for the Arsenal captaincy as well. The German defender has been vice-captain of the team for quite some time and his knowledge and experience are very valuable to the team. However, with Mertesacker already retired from international football and Gabriel Paulista coming through at centre back as well, it might mean that the BFG will not be amongst the first names on the teamsheet every game next year.
Being the Arsenal captain requires a player to be top quality and very demanding. Although Mertesacker would make a fine captain too, the impact that Petr Cech has had since arriving from Chelsea this summer can’t go unnoticed.
Meanwhile the arrival of Petr Cech might also force second-choice goalkeeper David Ospina out of the club as well. Ospina was signed as a backup to Wojciech Szczesny, but overtook the Polish keeper’s place in the first eleven after the latter was caught smoking. Although it is widely expected that David Ospina will be playing against Hull in our next game for the FA Cup, he has been demanding more playing time and will look for an exit this summer if things won’t change. Wenger is understood to be a big fan of Ospina, but the Frenchman labelled the signing of Petr Cech as “If I don’t do this, I will make a mistake”. According to Footballfancast, Ospina has already caught the attention of Spanish side Getafe and Turkish giants Besiktas.