That was a piece stolen from a book written by Paul Mariner, ex Gooner.
Let’s all count the international captains we have, Cesc Fabregas, Robin Van Persie are our captain and vice captains, we know that, but who are our international captains?
Rosicky, Vermaelen and Ramsey are captains of their countries (or have been), Manuel Almunia has often captained Arsenal and nearly all our players are internationals, so why have we no real leader on the pitch?
Jack will be, but he’s way too young, Vermaelen would have been perfect but he’s been injured all season and may never come back. I personally like Cesc but he’s too Barca bound so who should be our captain?
Gilberto would have been ideal but we got rid of him for a youth player or two that still aren’t fit to lace his boots but someone like him or Tony Adams would be ideal.
Maybe we should buy a captain in the summer, maybe a tough defender or a cavalier midfielder would do it, you know an Adams or a Vieira type, either way we need to find someone that isn’t injured all the time. Sorry Robin, that rules you out!
Someone said to me the other day what Arsenal lack apart from a top centreback and a keeper is a Vieira/Petit combo, I have to agree there because since we lost Paddy, we have never had a decent captain.
And we all know a decent captain will drag a team over the line, Anfield 89 springs to mind, remember the Vieira Keane tunnel showdown, oh how I miss that, all this cuddling at matches is vomit making, this is a football club, not a day care centre, time to man up, time to bring in some tougher players, time to get a Paddy or Petit back, a Keown or an Adams.
We can start that by bringing Keown back as assistant manager, Wenger is going nowhere so maybe someone to tell him he has no clothes on would be a start.
We never won the league when Ian Wright was a feature, he was a cup player, fantastic as he was, the same goes for Cesc, as much as I love him we won’t win a title with him as captain, he’s already said he wants to go, like Ade before him it’s too late to stay, we need to rethink, buy in some tougher players and stop trying to pass other teams of the park, it hasn’t worked.
Maybe try the passing with a bit of filth in there and a shot at the end of it, shame we didn’t buy Anelka back, he’s the sort of striker we need, him or Thierry, even Ade would work now, he’s at the age we need for a striker, when they come good.
To sum up Arsenal need to get a bit of steel in there, Lansbury could be it, Frimpong could as well, but we need a top centreback too and I’m not sure what we have in the bag, I would like to think Bartley would work but I haven’t seen enough of him, I like his attitude though, maybe he’s a potential captain?
We won’t be going to Japan this year, I wonder where else we’ll go, China? America? Austria?
Have a great day Grovers, next up England vs Wales!