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Aaron Ramsey wants to be Arsenal captain

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Aaron Ramsey has declared his desire to become the captain of Arsenal only days after claiming he would like to move to La Liga at some point in his career. The Welshman, however, does not expect to be cut from the same cloth that previous leaders Tony Adams and Patrick Vieira were.

A recurring theme during Arsenal's nine-year trophy drought was Arsene Wenger's inability to find a captain capable of inspiring his short-falling team into life. Since allowing Vieira to leave in 2005, the Gunners have lacked the behemoth personality that so often lead Wenger's teams to glory.

The captain's armband has been batted around the Arsenal squad ever since with Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie and Thomas Vermaelen all taking short stints in the role before departing for pastures new.

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Now the role lies with Mikel Arteta, who is not expected to be a key member of the squad this season. But Wenger has worked tirelessly to eradicate the idea of a single leader from the squad, always insisting that everyone should be leading by example in their own special way.

It is a culture that the likes of Per Mertesacker and Santi Cazorla have adopted, both taking turns to lead the squad on their way to back-to-back FA Cup successes while the official captain's have sat out.

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Aged leaders

But Arteta, Mertesacker and Cazorla are all on the wrong side of 30 and have limited time left at the top of the game. Ramsey, on the other hand, has years ahead of him and has already spent seven-years in the Arsenal squad.

"I definitely feel one of the leaders, but I feel this group of players all have their own leadership skills"

That mix of experience, quality and youth makes him the ideal candidate for Arsenal's next long-standing captain. It is a role the 24-year-old, who signed a long-term contract worth £100,000-a-week last year, is hoping to fill when the opportunity next arises.

Next Generation

He told ESPN: "I've made a load of appearances now, I definitely feel one of the leaders, but I feel this group of players all have their own leadership skills. It was nice to be given the armband, even though it was just a preseason friendly, but it's something I would like to do one day, to be captain.

"It's a great honour and achievement to do that, I've had experience of doing it with my country, it would be nice to do that [for Arsenal] one day."

Contenders

Ramsey will certainly be up there when Wenger needs to select a new captain, but another strong contender, and no doubt a popular choice with Arsenal fans, will be Jack Wilshere.

The England international has been with the club for 15 years and has regularly been tipped to lead the Gunners in the future. However, there are still questions over his ability as a role model as well as concerns over his fitness.

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