Arsenal boss could make controversial captaincy call for 2016/17

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is considering naming Petr Cech as the Gunners’ new captain for 2016/17, according to reports from The Mirror.

Veteran skipper Mike Arteta looks unlikely to be kept on in a playing capacity in north London beyond the current campaign, with the injuries having had a major impact on his availability this term, which has opened up the possibility of retirement when his contract expires.

With Germany international Per Mertesacker the vice-captain at the Emirates Stadium and a senior figure at the club, it would seem logical to take on the armband, but reports claim that Wenger is thinking about choosing Cech.

The Czech Republic international only signed for the north London side from city rivals Chelsea last summer, but his impact in goal for the club has been great.

Cech is also seen as a guaranteed starter, while there are doubts surrounding Mertesacker’s role going forward.

Should the goalie be named captain, it would mean that senior names such as Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud would be overlooked.