It’s clear that William Gallas struggled with the responsibility of being the Gunners captain last season? While the Frenchman is one of the best defenders in the Premier League, some of his antics during the 07/08 campaign left a lot to be desired, not least at St Andrews where a calm head was required and the centre-half didn’t come up with the goods.
Therefore, Arsene Wenger has some thinking to do ahead of next season. Does he stick with Gallas, who might throw a strop if the armband is taken away? Or does he plump for one of the other defenders, such as Kolo Toure or even a certain Mr Gael Clichy. Setanta reports that the young left-back has enjoyed his role as captain in the pre-season friendlies and is ready to step up to the plate.
“It’s a fantastic honour and I don’t know if it will carry on like this but if the boss needs me then I will try,” Clichy told Arsenal TV. “Maybe I was the oldest player in the team so I guess it is my time.
“It is a great pleasure for me and I will keep doing it until the boss tells me. Hopefully I am doing it well and I will try my best.
“It is fantastic to work with the young players because we know when the boss brings them in they have got quality.”
Who should be Arsenal captain next season? Surely Cesc Fabregas would thrive in this role, while Wenger could also ensure that the Spaniard feels a deeper affinity to the club, amidst reports of Real Madrid declaring an interest in the midfielder.