There have been many legends to wear the captain’s armband for Arsenal over the years, but the club has been especially blessed in that regard since the dawn of the Premiership era in 1992.
Since that time, the club has enjoyed the greatest era in its long and storied history, collecting a total of 10 winner’s medals in the 19 seasons since the clubs in the Football League First Division severed ties with the venerable Football League—the world’s oldest football league, founded in 1888—in order to take advantage of a lucrative television deal.
That, as history readily testifies, was a sound decision of the highest order, as the EPL is the world’s most watched football competition.
Other sound decisions include most of Arsenal’s decisions as far as appointing captains is concerned.
With Greats like Tony Adams, Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry among their number, the Gunners Premiership-era captains would form one hell of a side were they ever to be so assembled, and it comes as little surprise that they captained the club to such heights.
Here is my attempt to rank the great footballers who have worn the captain’s armband for Arsenal during the EPL era. This will be based upon length of captaincy, club results during that span, leadership qualities and individual statistics. It will not be perfect, but very little is.