Following the match on Saturday, and during this week, we have seen a lot of chat about the wisdom of appointing Vermaelen as captain. If you had asked me at the end of the 2010-11 season who should captain the side if Cesc left I would probably have nominated Tommy.
Arsène chose instead Brave Sir Robin and whilst during the season it seemed an inspired choice the end of season events and his statement tore apart all the good work.
Now we have the captain many of us envisioned after that Annus Horibilus but since then we have seen a change in the make up of the squad. At the end of 2011 season we didn’t have Arteta, an experienced top level international centre half was a distant dream and we had unproven youngsters in every department. The squad now represents a different prospect, it’s full of experience and proven quality. There are still the odd sprinkles of youth that need encouragement and guidance but in the main this side does not need educating or organisation from its Captain it needs passion, desire and intensity. (thanks GN5) The rest can come from the coaching staff.
Vermaelen is no doubt intense but does he know truly what it means to lead this club, is he aware of the special responsibilty? I’m not so sure.
So who am I promoting to Captain to galvanise this current crop of players well its a player who makes his love for the club clear for all to see.
Step forward Corporal Jenkinson, you are on accelerated promotion plan, and next season after the normal end of season Captains departure you young man are my pick for Captain.
We can all see in his performances what a bit of pride in wearing the shirt does for you, now imagine him instilling that into the rest of the team…and probably the most important reason, there is no way he will be swayed to look elsewhere, he loves our club like a fan, money is probably irrelevant, i’d guess he’d turn up and play for three square meals a day and a roof over his head.
What more can we ask for when we look at the man leading our team out on to the pitch.
I was going to watch Arsenal the same as the fans were and just count myself very lucky to represent them as a fan who has become a player.
It doesn’t come around very often and I just feel privileged and honoured to be that person.
Captain material….damn right!
Gooner in Exile