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As I have said many times previously, the main reason for my lack of blogging, when it comes to the mighty Arsenal, is that I need something specific to grab my attention. I applaud all of the regular daily (yes Chris, that does include you), weekly and even monthly bloggers out there. However, my brain must function in a different way as I need something ‘meaty’ (must avoid temptation to say ‘that’s what she said’ – whoops) to grab my attention. Oh yes, and because I am lazy too
So, the trigger for today’s blog is the amount of people I have seen calling for, sometimes demanding, that we make our BFG club captain.
While, we are talking about Mertesacker – the video below is one of the greatest I have EVER seen! Short but sweet!
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Firstly, I must point out that I love Per (literally) and I was generally happy when we signed him. There were a lot of doubters at the time, especially from fans of other clubs but many from our own too. I remember pointing out, back then, that a player with as many appearances as him for Germany can’t be too shabby and I am glad he has proven the doubters wrong!!
Saying that, I did have a debate recently (with an Arsenal fan) who whole heartedly stated that he would happily swap our Big ‘Funky’ German for…….Phil Jones, and yes he was serious…..I’m sure Eto’o is laughing right now!
Anyway, another point I made when he signed, and another argument for his captaincy credentials, is that he was also captain at Weder Bremen. Coupled with his skipper’s performance (and goal) for Germany against England recently plus his obvious passion for winning, make him an obvious candidate IF the club captaincy is ever up for grabs. I would argue that right now it isn’t, and I don’t it should be either…
So with all that ‘on the table’ what has led to this recent cry for a change in captaincy? Is it the fact that our captain doesn’t currently command a regular place in our starting 11? Was it the fact that Per shouted at Özil about applauding the fans? Or when he scalded Santi for giving the ball away against Villa? Maybe it’s a mixture of all of these?
Does that mean that every time a passionate player does something us fans deem as fashionable we are going to demand he be made skipper?
My worry is that some fans are getting obsessed by the captaincy issue (says he who is writing a blog about it) and I have even read some calling for the ever energetic Flamini to be given the armband! Now don’t get me wrong, I love (as @armchairgooner calls him) ‘The Flame’ right now, but, is it really a good message or move to make someone who walked out on the club the captain? Not to mention that he is far from guaranteed to be in the first 11 either.
I’m a big fan of Vermaelen, many people are of the view that “his goals mask his flaws” which I think is rubbish! While his goals helped us fall in love with him, it was actually his determination, crunching tackles and ‘Verminating’ of opponents at a time when our defence was shaky. I still think TV5 is a really good CB and has had some strong performances when needed this season, I think it would be harsh to strip him of the captaincy but the ‘Percielny’ partnership is so near perfect that the day will probably come, it may even be if/when TV5 feels he has to leave to get more minutes L
Anyway, I digress; my main point was around the captaincy! Do I think Mertesacker would make a great captain? Yes, he already does make a great captain.
Do I think we should strip TV5 of the captaincy and give it to Per? Definitely not!
Why? As I have said, Per already makes a great captain, armband or not! There is currently a real togetherness in this squad, why would we want to rock the boat by:
1. Taking the armband from Vermaelen
2. Completely ignoring the fact we have a perfectly capable and experienced vice-captain (Arteta)
3. Giving it to the BFG
It doesn’t make sense and brings more risk, in terms of upset, rather than positivity and togetherness!
So stop asking.