By Alex Taylor
Per Mertesacker has been appointed the new Arsenal skipper – and there has been a mixed response from fans on Twitter.
The Gunners unveiled the Germany World Cup winner, 31, as the new club captain on their official Twitter account on Saturday morning.
The towering central-defender has long been earmarked to replace Arteta but will sit out the first five months of the season after suffering a knee injury during pre-season.
It was said veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech was in with a fighting chance of getting the captaincy, but Wenger prefers his skipper to be an outfield player, while Santi Carzola was also linked to the position.
Here are a selection of the Tweets:
Mertesacker has regularly worn the armband in recent seasons due to Arteta’s absences through injury.
The role became available after Arteta called time on his playing career to join Manchester City’s coaching staff under Pep Guardiola earlier this month.
Mertesacker joined Arsenal in 2011 and has featured 207 times for the Gunners, competing in over 18,000 minutes of football.
He has been a mainstay of the team since his arrival from Werder Bremen and is a popular figure among supporters and team-mates.
The Gunners will have various senior men missing for their opening Premier League fixture, with Laurent Koscielny, Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck, and Gabriel all either injured or unfit.
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