Date: 9th November 2009 at 2:14pm
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When Arsene Wenger stripped William Gallas of the captaincy and handed the armband to Cesc Fabregas, I don’t think there was a gooner in the land that questioned the professor’s choice.

12 months on, and the young Spaniard says he doesn’t think that being made the captain of such a massive club has changed him one bit.

‘The captaincy hasn’t changed me at all,’ said Fabregas.

‘My team-mates have done a great job for me as well, to be honest. They showed me they believe and help me with everything. There has never been any trouble so I am very happy with how things are going.’

I actually beg to differ. I think it’s changed him quite a bit. He’s become a better player for it. In some cases the burden of captaining a football club has weigh heavily on a player, leaving him unable to do his duties as a player, which ultimately leads to poor focus and poor leadership.

It seems to me however, that Cesc has taken it in his stride. He takes his new responsibilities seriously and strives to lead by example.

With the greatest respect to Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry and William Gallas, it feels like a long time since we’ve had a truly great captain at the club, but finally it seems as though we’ve found the skipper we’ve been craving.

At least that’s my take on it.