Arsenal FC: Cesc Fabregas Should Be Stripped of the Captaincy If He Stays

Robin SAnalyst IJune 26, 2011

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 15:  Cesc Fabregas of Arsenal applauds the fans during a lap of honour after the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium on May 15, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas' future at Arsenal is yet again uncertain, and chances are that he might don a Barcelona jersey next season.

The deal will go through at the right price, and if it does, Arsenal will have a new captain for next season.

But what if the deal falls through, should Fabregas be stripped of the captaincy?

Fabregas was appointed the captain at a young age and has done a commendable job so far.

He's not the most vocal captain you'll ever find, but he rallies the troops with his football. His performances make a statement. He inspires confidence and evokes respect amongst his teammates with his football.

Of course he's matured over the years as a captain, but he should never have been the captain in the first place.

It's worth remembering that handing the captain's armband to Fabregas was a tactic to keep him at the club away from the clutches of the Catalan club for a little longer, hoping it would force Fabregas to assume responsibility and remain loyal being the captain.

This was not the first time that Wenger adopted a similar tactic. It was the same with Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira.

On that note, amidst the constant speculation regarding Samir Nasri's future at Arsenal, I wouldn't be surprised if Wenger handed the captain's armband to him as an added incentive to remain at the Emirates stadium.

So, now you know how easy it is to become the captain of Arsenal. Turn up one day, declare you intention to leave the club and the very next day Wenger will make you the captain.

Jokes aside, Fabregas has set his sights on a move to the Catalan club, and it's pretty much an open secret.

But if the captain speaks about his admiration for another club and talks about his desire to leave every summer, then how can he make his team mates realize what it really means to play for the team he captains?

For instance, Steven Gerrard is the talismanic captain of Liverpool and with good reason too.

Supposedly, if he plays poorly and goes through a lean patch, nobody will question his commitment or loyalty towards the club.

In comparison. if Fabregas happens to play below his standards for a prolonged period, like it happened in the just concluded season, everyone pounces on him and questions his dedication and commitment to the cause.

He wouldn't have come under so much criticism and pressure if he wasn't the captain.

The obvious question is why is he still the captain of the club? Is it for the footballing reasons? Is it for the loyalty? Is it for the leadership qualities?

A big NO would be the straightforward answer.

If Wenger strips the captaincy of Fabregas, it would shake his morale. It might even hasten his move to Barcelona.

So, just for delaying his departure, Wenger has handed over the captain's armband to Fabregas, who was too young to captain a team when he was appointed back in 2008.

If it's in the best interest of the team to have a new captain, then it wouldn't be a good idea to make someone who bleeds Arsenal as the skipper.

Fabregas will leave Arsenal for Barcelona, and it's a question of when, not if. Therefore, it wouldn't make much of a difference even if he continues as the captain.

With all due respect, he's not a captaincy material, so it would be better off if the captain's armband is handed over to someone who commands respect and has the backing of the majority of the fan base and more importantly, who's happy to be playing for the red and white of Arsenal and also understands what it means to have the badge of the club close to his heart while representing the club on the field.

Robin van Persie is one such player, who has turned down the overtures of many top clubs in the past to play for the Arsenal.

He's overcome all the temptations and is still a Gunner, and from the look of things, he would be an Arsenal player for the foreseeable future.

His name is synonymous with Arsenal these days, and it's hard to find even one Arsenal supporter who would want van Persie out.

It would also be a good gesture from Arsenal and Wenger to reward such a player with the captain's armband for his staunch allegiance.

What Arsenal need at the moment is a new captain to lead them out of the barren spell, one who is a fan of the club first and foremost, is certain to be at the club for a very long time and whose future at Arsenal is not hanging by a thread.

P.S. There's nothing personal against Fabregas. Let your opinions be known. Who would you want to see captaining Arsenal? 


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