Petr Cech could become Arsenal's next captain

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Petr Cech could be named the new captain of Arsenal ahead of the 2016/17 campaign. 

This has been reported by the Daily Mail, who claim that the veteran shot-stopper could replace Spaniard Mikel Arteta as skipper at the end of the season. 

Arteta has endured a tricky time in north London recently - he has struggled with injuries and has been unable to establish himself as a regular in the first team - and it appears that his long-term future at the club is in some doubt. 


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At 33-years-old, the former Everton man is approaching the final stages of his career and, according to the Mail, he's set to leave the club behind at the end of the season. 

German defender Per Meteresacker is the current vice-captain at the club, but as he's no longer a guaranteed starter, it appears that Cech could take on the role of captain. 

Class of Cech 

Cech, of course, only signed for the club this past summer, ending a fruitful spell at London rivals Chelsea. Despite his status at Stamford Bridge, the 'keeper has quickly managed to prove his credentials at the Gunners. 

With a great deal of experience and class, it's no surprise that Wenger is considering making Cech his new captain. 

There's no reason why the former Chelsea man wouldn't be able to flourish as captain of the club. He demands respect, is extremely vocal and has the winning mentality to help inspire the club to trophy success. 

He may well be 33-years-old, but he's not showing any signs of slowing down. Cech should be able to play at the highest level for at least another five years. 

Key man 

His statistics throughout the course of the campaign certainly back up the notion that he is still very much at his best. 

In 26 league games this term, the shot-stopper has accumulated 12 clean sheets. In fact, the Gunners possess the second best defensive record in the division - only north London rivals Tottenham hold a superior record. 

Cech has most definitely been an integral member of the Arsenal team in recent months and he has a huge role to play as the season approaches its end. 

With the Gunners on course to secure the Premier League title - they currently sit just two points behind table-toppers Leicester City - Cech's role will only become more important. 

Arsenal will certainly need him ahead of their Champions League clash against Barcelona. Not many have been able to stop the trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar this season, but Cech will be determined to come out on top. 

Arsenal fans: should Cech replace Arteta as your club's next captain? Have your say below! 

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