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Arsenal fans not happy as Mertesacker set for club captain role

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With Mikel Arteta having moved on to join Manchester City's coaching staff after calling time on his playing career at the end of last season, Arsenal will have a new club captain for the upcoming 2016/17 campaign.

In recent days, there's been quite a lot of speculation as to who the man to officially take over the armband for the Gunners would be, with the likes of Laurent Koscielny and Petr Cech touted as candidates.

This evening, however, The Sun is claiming in an exclusive that Arsene Wenger will install Per Mertesacker - the man who often filled in for Arteta on the pitch last season - as the permanent captain. The reaction from Arsenal fans on social media is, well, interesting...

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In recent years, a lot of Arsenal fans haven't needed much encouragement to vent their frustration in Wenger's direction. With Mertesacker appearing to have won the race for the armband, the reaction on Twitter was a combination of being underwhelmed and outright angry:

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In fairness to Wenger, if Mertesacker does take on the responsibility of captain full time when the new season kicks off it wouldn't exactly be a huge upheaval.

With Arteta only playing a bit part role in the starting line up last year due to injury and competition for places, the German defender was often the man leading the Gunners on the field.

Considering the disappointing end result of the campaign, however, perhaps that is why a lot of Arsenal fans had hoped to see someone else given the responsibility to lead the team.

There is a chance that Mertesacker could actually follow in the footsteps of his now former teammate. Again according to The Sun, the Germany international could find his first team opportunities limited as Wenger continues his search for extra defensive cover even if he is captain.

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One name who has been mentioned as a possible arrival is another man familiar with wearing the captain's armband for Arsenal, Barcelona's Thomas Vermaelen.

The injury-prone Belgian is set to leave Camp Nou and, two years after leaving The Emirates, is thought to be on Wenger's radar.

As the official club captain, Mertesacker will have his work cut out handling the pressure and maintaining expectations amongst fans. Whether he does that on the pitch or in his seat on the bench remains to be seen.

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