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Over the summer, the club have been very open with pictures and videos from the training ground.
Whilst none of the training sessions are any different to the past – players kicking a ball, jogging a little bit, doing press ups – the openness has been a breath of fresh air.
The most recent video was of Matteo Guendouzi’s first training session.
It seems Unai Emery and his coaching staff have continued Arsene Wenger’s tradition of shaking hands with every player as they enter the training pitch. It was also good to see senior French speaking players like Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang taking their new 19-year-old team mate under their wing.
There was a very interesting snippet within the video that many people probably missed. Aaron Ramsey was leading the warm up – usually the task of the captain.
The first half of this blog was written prior to Arsenal playing Borehamwood on Saturday.
During that game, a strong Arsenal team ran out 8-0 winners.
Captaining he “second half XI” was Aaron Ramsey.
The Wales international is yet to commit to a new contract with Arsenal, but once he does, he looks to be the most suitable player to replace Per Mertesacker as club captain.
I have been blogging about how Ramsey should be the next Arsenal captain since 2013.
With Laurent Koscielny out until January – and no longer guaranteed a first team spot – Ramsey is the only player who ticks all the boxes.
The Wales international has recently spoken about the appointment of Unai Emery as Arsenal’s new boss.“Exciting times” was the exact term that he used. I fully expect him to sign the new deal and be given the armband.
As captain, you want a player to fit a criteria.
You want him to have been at the club for some time, to understand the ethos of the club. At 27 years old and having been at the club for 10 years, he is the most logical choice next season.
The player needs to command respect from his team mates, through both his ability to lead and his performances on the pitch.
Aaron Ramsey ticks quite a lot of boxes. He’s one of the longest-serving players in the first team. If there’s a structure, Aaron Ramsey could be that guy.
Ramsey became the youngest ever Wales captain at the age of 20 years 90 days back in 2011.
It will be good to have a captain who plays week in week out after it seemingly being forever since we had one.