Arsène Wenger confirmed that Vermaelen would be the next captain after ex skipper Robin Van Persie joined Manchester United. Arteta was chosen as the next vice captain. The Spaniard has vast amounts of experience in the Premier League playing since 2005 for Everton and now Arsenal.
“It is Vermaelen and Arteta,” said Wenger at his pre-match press conference on Friday.
“Vermaelen was vice-captain, so it is a quick decision. I think we have many potential captains in the squad, but at the moment it will be like that.”