Arsenal must appoint Petr Cech as Mikel Arteta's successor for captaincy

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Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech should succeed Mikel Arteta as club captain if the Spaniard leaves the Gunners this summer.

With Arsene Wenger set to embark on a revamp of his squad, regardless of whether or not they win the Premier League, Arteta could depart having struggled with injuries and consistency in recent years.

And given all Cech has won throughout the course of his glorious career, Wenger should give the armband to the 33-year-old instead of German defender and vice-captain Per Mertesacker.


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Despite winning the FA Cup for the past two seasons, Arsenal have struggled for a captain to play week in, week out in recent years.

Arteta was given the honour when Thomas Vermaelen left for Barcelona in the summer of 2014, though the Belgian was often sidelined during the latter years of his time in north London.

It has been a far cry from the days of Patrick Viera, Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie, with the trio Arsenal's standout players from their respective eras despite not always delivering success.

Mertesacker has been the individual most likely to succeed Arteta as captain up until now, yet the World Cup winner should lose out to Cech due to the impact the goalkeeper has made since signing from Chelsea last summer.

Champion Cech

Though the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City have fallen behind in the title race, they have captains who have won some of the biggest honours in the game.

Wayne Rooney and John Terry have both won United and Chelsea the Champions League, alongside countless league crowns, whilst Vincent Kompany has helped City win two Premier League titles since moving to England in 2008.

Cech would be Arsenal’s perfect answer to the various other successful leaders around the country given the plethora of silverware he amassed during his 11-year stint at Stamford Bridge.

The Czech Republican has won four league titles, four FA Cup's and the Champions League, his finest hour, in 2012. Though all were achieved during his time at Chelsea, it has made him the most successful player in Wenger’s squad.

Big honour

Much still depends on whether or not Arteta leaves in the summer, but the general consensus seems to be that the ex-Everton midfielder will not be offered a new deal.

That means Wenger is faced with a problem in need of solving, and the Frenchman should give Cech the honour of captaincy due to all the goalkeeper has achieved in the past and his influence.

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