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Arsenal did NOT have a captain during second-half against City, admits Wenger

Date Posted,April 4, 2017

Arsene Wenger is often accused of not having any leaders on the pitch.

But, incredibly, Wenger even admitted on Tuesday that he did not even know who was captain in the second half against Manchester City on Sunday.

Arsenal skipper Laurent Koscielny went off at half time with an Achilles injury and no-one took over the armband for the second half.

Wenger admitted he is struggling to find a captain against West Ham with Koscielny still out, Per Mertesacker is likely to be on the bench and his most senior player, Petr Cech, is also injured.

“I don’t know,” said Wenger when Mirror Sport asked him who will captain the team against West Ham. “Maybe you?”

Wenger looks on during the draw with City (Photo: Getty Images Europe)

Mertesacker during training (Photo: Arsenal FC/Getty)

Then when asked who was captain for the second half on Sunday, Wenger confessed: “Er, I don’t remember.

“It is a good question. Nobody asked me who is captain. I will have 24 hours to think about that (who will be captain against West Ham).”

It highlights the very point that is often thrown at Arsenal. Since the days of Tony Adams and Invincibles Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry, Arsenal have had a real leadership issue.

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Adams in action for Arsenal (Photo: Action)
6. Manchester Utd 0-0 Arsenal 21-09-2003
Vieira during his time as Arsenal captain (Photo: Getty)
Arsene Wenger during a training session (Photo: Arsenal FC/Getty)

Theo Walcott was given the captain’s armband in January 2016 to celebrate ten years at the club – and Arsenal lost 1-0 to Chelsea – and Kieran Gibbs has worn the armband in the League Cup this season.

Granit Xhaka has captained Switzerland, Shkodran Mustafi went to the last two major tournaments with Germany and yet they need leadership now more than ever.

Arsenal look a team divided. Walcott’s equaliser on Sunday prompted a low key celebration, Mesut Ozil pulled out of a challenge with City keeper Willy Caballero and Alexis Sanchez simply threw his arms up in the air rather than chase a misplaced pass to him.

TV pundit Gary Neville questioned Koscielny’s character as a captain after claiming he should not have gone off injured.

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