It is often argued that Arsenal have never replaced Patrick Vieira, with it felt that the Gunners lack someone with his passion, physicality and desire to do the ‘dirty work’.
After leaving the Gunners for Juventus, the captain’s armband has tended to be used as a tool by Arsene Wenger to keep his big stars at the club during the Gunners’ trophyless era. Ultimately, though, it has only delayed the inevitable with Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie all departing for pastures new without ever really taking up the mantle of what it is to be a captain.
The next tact Le Professeur opted for was to give the armband to the most consistent player, someone who he could see staying for years to come, which of course meant Thomas Vermaelen forgot totally how to play football and it became something of an embarrassment when the club captain couldn’t get into the starting XI.
Mikel Arteta, the most senior player in the Gunners squad, was next up but the former Everton man is to injury prone to ever really build up his rep as a captain.
And what have Liverpool been doing throughout this time? Well…
— GeniusFootball (@GeniusFootball) January 22, 2015