Arsenal fans mixed reaction as Arsene Wenger appoints crocked defensive stalwart as new club captain

Arsenal have confirmed that Per Mertesacker will be the new club captain this season, but it wasn’t met with widespread approval from supporters.

The German defender replaces Mikel Arteta who left the club earlier this summer, but he will have to wait before wearing the captain’s armband as he is currently sidelined with an injury.

While he’s expected to be ruled out of action until the turn of the year, it remains to be seen who it passes on to with Santi Cazorla appointed vice-captain but also likely to miss the start of the campaign as he continues to find match fitness after being out with injury for a large period of last season.

Nevertheless, the reaction to Mertesacker’s appointment has been mixed, with some praising his leadership skills as a perfect reason for him to be captain, while others are concerned about his lack of playing time…

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