Arsenal should make Flamini captain - Keown

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Arsenal should consider making Mathieu Flamini captain after 'sleeves-gate', according to the club's former defender Martin Keown.

Flamini, who returned to Arsenal in the summer following a five-year stint at AC Milan, was criticised by manager Arsene Wenger after cutting off the sleeves on his shirt.

The Gunners have a long-standing tradition whereby the captain chooses whether the team all play in long or short sleeves - but Flamini cut off the sleeves on his shirt prior to Tuesday night's Champions League victory over Marseille.

However, Keown was impressed by this act of defiance, and believes the easiest option to avoid the same outcome in the future would be to hand Flamini the captain's armband.

"Flamini is not the first person to question the captain’s choice and he won’t be the last. But you do have to admire him as a player and a personality," Keown wrote in his latest Mail Online column.

"Flamini is Arsenal’s braveheart, providing that bite in midfield, and I like that he has enough character to challenge the decision. Though, maybe getting the scissors out was a step too far.

"It’s a fine balancing act keeping that tradition and making sure everybody respects it.

"Maybe the easiest thing would be to make just make Flamini captain. Then everybody can wear their sleeves short, even when even when it’s freezing. Plus, there’ll be no need for any last-minute tailoring in the dressing room."

Thomas Vermaelen is still Arsenal's captain, despite losing his first-team place last season.

The Belgium international has made just one Premier League start this season and has been linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium.

So - should Arsenal consider handing the armband to Flamini?

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