Robin van Persie Confirmed New Arsenal Captain

Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie

Robin van Persie Confirmed New Arsenal Captain

Robin van Persie has been named as new Arsenal FC team captain.

The Dutch international has been at the Club since May 2004 and succeeds Cesc Fabregas, who signed for Barcelona this week.

"He is a leader through the way he plays, through his attitude and through his desire to win.

"He’s been at the Club a long time and he’s a technical leader as well. Thomas Vermaelen will assist him, it’s the decision I have made and I’m confident the group will respond to it."

Van Persie will not lead Arsenal out against Udinese - he serves a UEFA one-match suspension on Tuesday night - but will reclaim the armband when Liverpool visit north London on Saturday.

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