Date: 17th August 2012 at 9:51am
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With the departure of Robin van Persie, the captain`s armband was without owner once again.


Since Tony Adams retired we`ve had a succession of captain`s chosen only for them to depart soon after. Vieira, Henry, Gallas, Fabregas and now he who shall not be named. It`s a worrying trend.


Of course it`s not a curse of any kind, more in that Arsene has, more recently, used the captain`s armband as a carrot dangled to try and entice a player to commit more to the club (with the possible exception of William Gallas), but with the announcement that Thomas Vermaelen has been name the new club captain as expected I think that has changed a little.


Vermaelen proved this summer that it is possible to extend an Arsenal contract with minimum fuss if you really want to stay. With another four years on his deal I don`t foresee him going anywhere soon.


Mikel Arteta has been named vice-captain, which is also pretty cool.