Full-back Gael Clichy feels Cesc Fabregas can take up the mantle of legendary captain Tony Adams and lead Arsenal to glory.
Controversial defender William Gallas was axed from the trip to Manchester City on Saturday following public criticism of the squad - and although he has been reinstated for Tuesday's Champions League clash against Dynamo Kiev, it will not be as skipper.
"It is a new start and I hope Cesc will do well. I am sure he will," said the French defender.
At 21, Fabregas will become one of the youngest captains in the club's history. Clichy, himself only 23, feels age is no barrier to leadership.
Clichy added: "His performance over the last couple of years has been fantastic and it is a good choice by the boss.
"I am sure all the players will give him all the support he needs to be one of the best.
"I think Tony Adams had the armband at a young age and now he is one of the greats with the fans. I hope Cesc will do the same.
"When he started in the team everyone was saying he was too young to have so much responsibility, but he has shown he can handle a team and put in good performances.
"He is the key player in the squad and I am not scared of saying that. He deserves the respect of the boss."
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