Alex Song has revealed it was one of the proudest moments of his career when he captained Arsenal to a 3-1 Barclays Premier League victory over Stoke City on Sunday.
In the absence of Robin Van Persie, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger handed the armband to the 24-year-old Cameroon international, who played his part in an important win at the Emirates Stadium, to keep momentum and record the club's sixth win in their last seven outings.
"I am very proud," said Song. "If somebody had said to me six or seven years ago that I would be captain for Arsenal I would never believe them.
"But today I am very happy because I can show to the boss that I am one of the leaders in the team - we have many players who can do the job."
Song paid tribute to a number of his teammates for their committed performances on the pitch, and also reserved praise for the man he filled in for - after Van Persie came off the bench to bag two goals and help Arsenal confirm the three points.
"Of course when you play a team like this you want to win," he added. "You just need to be ready for the fight. We had a very hard game and we just want to show everybody that we did well.
"Robin came on the pitch and made their defence really nervous. We know he is a great player every time he is on the pitch and he is dangerous.
"Gervinho did well but overall the whole team did well. That is very good because it means we are improving game by game. We have to continue that because the Chelsea game is very important for us."
Next up for Arsenal in the league is a trip to Stamford Bridge, and Song knows that the defensive improvements the side has made in the past few weeks will be imperative if they are going to keep a free-scoring Chelsea at bay next weekend.
"We conceded stupid goals at the start of the season but now we are stronger at the back," concluded Song. "That is why we need to improve every week.
"We saw [against Stoke] that a free-kick [cost us] and that was basic defending. It is very good for us to be stronger and try to defend together. That is what we did in the second half and we took our opportunities. It will come in time."
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