Arsene Wenger is strongly considering replacing Mikel Arteta with Petr Cech as Arsenal captain, according to reports.
Signed for £10million in the summer from Chelsea, Cech has proved a revelation in goal for the Gunners. Arsenal have conceded just 23 goals in 26 games, the fewest Arsenal have conceded at this stage of a Premier League season since 2007/08.
No keeper has kept more clean sheets in the Premier League this season than Cech (12), and the 33-year-old is now in line to become next Arsenal captain, according to reports.
Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail and John Cross of the Daily Mirror – of course – claim that Cech’s ‘communication skills’ and ‘leadership qualities’ mark him as a prime candidate to replace erstwhile captain Arteta, who has not started a single game in the Premier League this season.
Vice captain Per Mertesacker has stepped up to fulfill the role of captain throughout this campaign, but the German is no longer a guaranteed first-choice in central defence. Gabriel has emerged as a potential future partner alongside Laurent Koscielny.
Wenger remains ‘loyal’ to Mertesacker, claims Mokbel, but Cech could be installed as captain if the German will not start every week.