Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Arsenal appear to break Premier League captaincy rule against Manchester City

Arsenal literally break Premier League rules because they have no leaders

Arsenal could face a warning from the Premier League after appearing to breach their rules regarding captaincy in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City.
The Gunners started the game with Laurent Koscielny as captain, as they have done for much of the season due to the absence through injury of first-choice club captain Per Mertesacker.

However, the Frenchman was forced off through injury at half time, and it seems no one else was assigned the armband for the second half of the game.

According to Sky Sports, an Arsenal spokesman suggested that Theo Walcott was seen as the senior player on the pitch, though it is not clear if he was officially made captain after Koscielny went off.
Arsenal are unlikely to face serious punishment for the mistake, but the inability to find a stand-in skipper does point to a lack of obvious leaders in Arsene Wenger’s squad.
Mertesacker has been missing all season, while vice-captains Santi Cazorla and Petr Cech were also out of the City match due to injury.
Still, Arsenal fans worried about a lack of winners and leaders in the team as well as an overall lack of organisation at the club won’t have been encouraged by these events at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

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