With transfer season seemingly in full flow, take note of the unusually giddy Arsenal faithful this time of year; it seems the issue of our club captain has been swept aside for the time being. The first pre-season friendly of the season saw last season’s talisman Aaron Ramsey take the armband from kick off and boy did it look good on the Welshman.

With current captain Thomas Vermaelen looking likely to leave the club this window and if not, he will play second fiddle to Mertesacker and Koscielny; it leaves Arsene Wenger with a decision to make on his leader for the upcoming season.

How important is the captaincy?

Arsenal went through the majority of last season with their captain sitting on the bench which raises the issue of the importance of the official captaincy. It used to be the case that the captain was the team’s talisman and outstanding personality but since Patrick Vieira departed the club in 2002 the captain’s armband has tended to be used as a method of keeping the best player at the club. Also, William Gallas lest we forget.

This transfer window, Arsenal fans have had a glimpse of a stunning summer. We've peeked through the (transfer) window and we've seen what potentially is on the other side - and we like it.

Very much.

We've had our South American starter, some French wine - we enjoyed it.


Now WHERES OUR MAIN COURSE.  The main problems last season

1) lack of pace and options up front

When teams pressed us high up the pitch, we didn't have the pace to play on the counter or hit balls over the top for players to run onto in behind. We've now secured Sanchez - a player that should he be utilised effectively, will fix that problem.

While the Premier League's influence increases all over the world, high television revenues have turned clubs into global, powerful businesses.

However, in the background, the sinister consequences of having to pay extravagant wages and cover mundane fixed costs, has had an impact on the wallet of the most important cog in the cycle; the supporters.

Gone are the days of 3p cups of tea and a traditional red and white kit replaced only after years of wear and tear.

No longer do we have to sit through the World Cup wondering whether one (or more) of our stars will leave us. Arsenal fans every summer are used to acting like an overly worried boyfriend wondering whether his partner is waiting for her moment to inevitably tell him that she's leaving him for that tall, rich and arrogant lad down the road - sure he can buy her lots of presents but we SWEAR WE WOULD'VE LOVED HER MORE - the scars still hurt.

But something seems different this year. We're not consumed by the fear of failure or rejection. We have a confidence and desire to move forwards not backwards. It's only July in a World Cup year and we've bagged Alexis Sanchez - I need to lie down.

While Arsène Wenger was watching hawk-eyed from the commentary box last night, there is a thing or two that he and his Arsenal side could learn from Germany’s 7-1 thrashing of Brazil on Tuesday night.

When you line-up with 11 world-class quality players, more often than not, you are going to achieve a world-class quality result.


With the imminent signings of Mathieu Debuchy and Alexis Sanchez, don’t be surprised to see the Gunners running riot on a top four rival in the foreseeable future.

The Puma kit deal has seen an influx in money for the club, which will allow Arsène Wenger to spend in excess of £100 million on player transfers this summer.