Wenger makes Arsenal selection admission ahead of clash against West Ham
By Aramide Oladipo
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that he had no idea who captained his side in the second half during the 2-2 draw against Manchester City at the Emirates on Sunday.
At the interval, skipper for the day Laurent Koscielny had to be withdrawn as he picked up a knock on his Achilles.
With club captain Per Mertesacker not involved in the matchday squad and vice captains Petr Cech and Santi Cazorla both unavailable through long-term injuries, the Gunners appeared for the second half without anyone wearing the captain’s armband.
When he was questioned about it during the build up to the midweek clash against West Ham, Arsene Wenger conceded to Sky Sports News HQ, as quoted by the Sky Sports website, that he was unaware of the identity of the skipper at the time in a selection admission that will alarm supporters.
“I don’t remember,” he said. “It is a good question. Nobody asked me who is captain. I will have 24 hours to think about that.”
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Arsenal have appeared to breach the Premier League Rule M.11, which states that a captain must wear an armband at all times.
Sky Sports report that the Premier League aren’t going to take further action against Arsenal but the club will be reminded of their requirements on the football pitch.
With Koscielny injured, Theo Walcott could be set to captain the side in the midweek clash against West Ham at the Emirates as he is the most senior player available.
The 28-year-old will be looking for his 10th Premier League goal of the season on Wednesday night as Arsenal look to climb up to fifth place with a victory.