Unai Emery ushered in many new methods when he began his Arsenal journey last summer.
One of them was a revolving pool of players that would wear the captains armband.
Five skipper’s were in action last season. Mesut Ozil, Granit Xhaka, Laurent Koscielny, Petr Cech and Aaron Ramsey all shared the responsibility of piloting the Good Ship Arsenal at times, and all had varied reasons why they were the right choice for Captain.
Ozil may have flitted in and out of the side, but he leads by example and his class inspires his teammates. Just listen to how they talk of him in interviews.
Laurent Koscielny was the previous incumbent and was considered the captain by the squad. His tenure at the club also gave him that extra clout.
Petr Cech had won everything that club football can offer. A Premier League legend, the stopper demanded respect from those around him.
Aaron Ramsey is the consummate professional. The Welshman too had a long stay at the club so knew the club inside out.
Then there was Granit Xhaka.
Most think of captains as those who are extremely vocal and pull their teammates out of the mire when they need it. Granit Xhaka has that in spades, but does he have the ability to lift performances via inspiration?
When his teammates see him crashing into others irresponsibly in the penalty area, that isn’t quite the behaviour that a skipper should be showing.
Trouble is, he is probably the best candidate we have.
Stories are circulating that Unai Emery has asked his squad to vote on who they would like as captain. Who would be the likely candidates?
David Luiz perhaps, with his pedigree and his squad mentality, he would be a popular choice.
Sokratis is more than vocal, and the Greek commands respect from his teammates.
Alexandre Lacazette gives everything on the pitch and is an integral member of the squad.
Rob Holding may be young, but the defender looks to have the raw materials needed to lead the team, but is he ready now?
Then there is Hector Bellerin. The right-back has the Arsenal upbringing, he is vocal and can carry out the manager’s instructions. Bellerin may well be the right choice.
Xhaka though, like it or not, remains one of our best choices. It may be that we lack leaders in the team, but Xhaka gives a damn and you can see his winning mentality on the pitch.
There may be many players who have certain qualities that are required, but really only Bellerin and Xhaka possess nearly the full quotient required to be the right man for the job.
Who would you choose?