Captaincy has changed Vermaelen by A_H
After the departure of Robin Van Persie, Arsenal appointed Thomas Vermaelen as Club Captain. At the start I thought he was going to be a fantastic captain, a Tony Adam’s figurehead who was commanding, mentally strong and supportive on the pitch, showing true leadership skills. However I feel like we have seen a completely different Vermaelen this season.
First of all his game has changed, he doesn’t seem to be the same commanding player that he was, he seems to have lost his physical presence that made strikers fear facing him and the fact it made him a solid rock at the heart of Arsenal’s defence. Don’t get me wrong, he is still a very good defender and arguably the best at the club; however I don’t feel he is the same player we all thought he was.
Secondly is his presence on the pitch. Not physically but mentally, he doesn’t seem very strong. He doesn’t show much communication and support towards the other players, like a captain should, especially during tough times. Who knows what he is like in the dressing room, but just by looking at his leadership skills on the pitch I can see that he doesn’t have that captain quality that should be leading over the other players.
Mikel Arteta is the second captain of the club and we often see him talking to the press at the end of games, in interviews and giving press conferences, a job that should be more focused around the club captain. It’s the same with Jack Wilshere, who is seemingly on his way to becoming the new Mr Arsenal. I have no problem with these players acting as role models at the club, leading over the team and showing support. I’m just concerned about the lack of action we see for Vermaelen these days and it’s made me wonder, is the captaincy to big a job for the Belgian International?
In no way am I saying we should be looking to change captain and roles around the club, half way through a season, but I’m just wondering, what role in this Arsenal club does Vermaelen play. He certainly doesn’t seem to be fulfilling the role of the dominant and commanding club captain that the club needs at the moment and I think that the extra weight of this role may be having an effect on his game, because he definitely hasn’t been the same player this season.
Should Arsenal change their captain?