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Not only has Robin van Persie served a long tenure at Arsenal, he has proven himself to be extremely loyal during his time in North London. On top of that, van Persie can lead by example with his incredible skill as a striker, or be a vocal leader, which he has shown a propensity to do in many matches.
Need more? Arsene Wenger has so much confidence in van Persie that he made his striker vice-captain, and entrusted him with the leadership duties whenever Cesc Fabregas was unable to play. Even in the Emirates Cup, van Persie was given preference over the aforementioned Thomas Vermaelen.
So, why even make this list? Well, as every football fan knows, Robin van Persie is one of the most injury-prone players on the planet. He has only played slightly more than 50 percent of all possible games for Arsenal, and one would not want one's captain to be constantly out of the side.
Perhaps I am just hopeful, but I truly believe this will be the season in which van Persie stays fit for the whole year. After putting together a sterling run of fitness after the New Year and having a proper summer of rest, I believe this is the season when it will all come together for van Persie.
And if that is truly the case, the choice for our next captain is an easy one.