Gunners Midfielder Mikeal Arteta has expressed his excitement of being the new captain of the club.
After Vermaelen’s exit to Barcelona, manager Arsene Wenger entrusted the captain armband to the former Everton player.
And Arteta,32, feels its a privilege to be the new skipper.
“Being captain of Arsenal Football Club is is a big honour, it’s obviously something that doesn’t happen every day.
“It’s a privilege, with a big responsibility, so I will try to stand up and do my best for my players.
“I been there before last season when Thomas was injured and not playing for a long time, so I am used to it. Now I just have to try do my best for my teammates, the manager and the club.”
He also had positive words for new signing Alexis Sanchez:
“Attacking-wise this season, we’re going to be different and we’re going to have more of a surprise factor,” he said.
He touched on Alexis, saying, “He has the right attitude here – very humble. He’s going to do well – I think the fans are very excited and I think they are right because we’ve signed some player here.”