Per Mertesacker 'poised for Arsenal captaincy'

Per Mertesacker of Arsenal celebrates at the end of the UEFA Champions League Qualifier 2nd leg match between Arsenal and Besiktas at the Emirates Stadium on August 27, 2014
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Per Mertesacker will reportedly be handed the Arsenal captaincy for the new campaign.

Per Mertesacker will reportedly be handed the Arsenal captaincy ahead of the new campaign.

The 31-year-old centre-back, who has been with the Gunners since 2011, will take the armband from the now-retired Mikel Arteta, according to The Sun.

Other contenders for the role included Mertesacker's defence partner Laurent Koscielny, new signing Granit Xhaka and veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech.

Mertesacker has made 149 league appearances for the North London side in his five seasons with the club, finding the net five times.

sene Wenger manager of Arsenal looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park on December 13, 2015 in Birmingham, England.
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