Search

Arsenal name new captain as RVP joins Man Utd

16:02 17 August 2012

Thomas Vermaelen has called for Arsenal to move on from Robin van Persie. Photo credit: Anthony Devlin/PA wire

Thomas Vermaelen has called for Arsenal to move on from Robin van Persie. Photo credit: Anthony Devlin/PA wire

PA Archive/Press Association Images

Thomas Vermaelen will lead the Gunners this season

Arsenal have appointed Thomas Vermaelen as their new captain.

The Belgian has replaced Robin van Persie, who has joined Manchester United for a fee, believed to be £24million.

“It makes me really happy and proud to be Arsenal captain - it’s a real honour,” the Belgian says in his programme notes for Saturday’s match with Sunderland.

“I won’t change the way I am, though. The boss makes you captain because of the way you are, so I won’t change how I am in the dressing room or outside. I want to lead by example, and do as well as I can on the pitch.

“Maybe I am not much of a talker away from the pitch, but I want to lead the team through the way I play.”

The defender paid tribute to the departed van Persie’s leadership qualities.

“Every captain is different, everyone has his own personality and does it in his own way,” he said. “Robin did it really well last year, and of course what he did on the pitch was great as well.

“But away from that he did a lot of team building, making sure the team was a real team, and I want to do things like that as well.”

Vermaelen captained Ajax and has led Belgium on occasions.

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Sport Stories

Yesterday, 12:01
Arsenal Invincibles banner in the Emirates Stadium

In our weekly Arsenal fan column, Layth Yousif looks back at the end of the Invincibles and Arsenal’s new artistic movement.

Yesterday, 11:50
Islington BC pair Scott Smart (left) and Sherif Musah

Islington BC duo Sherif Musah and Scott Smart are just one step away from becoming national champions after their impressive victories last weekend.

Yesterday, 08:30
The jubilant Highgate Harriers squad

Highgate Harriers swept the board with a devastating display at the North of Thames cross-country championships in Kingsbury on Saturday.

Wed, 15:54
Foxham Park FC

Player-manager Joe Gaminara scored twice as Foxham Park stormed into the next round of the Islington Gazette Cup with a 6-1 victory over MQ United.

Most read sport

And it’s said to be revolutionising access to donor sperm throughout the country.

Many people now feel they have to move jobs to better their career and get ahead.

‘Go get him’ said the police officer, and that’s just what the dog did.

It’s deforestation, but not as you’ve seen it before.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the $m.global.archantvariables.NewspaperTitle e-edition today E-edition