It's an honour! Mikel Arteta delighted to be named Arsenal's new captain
MIKEL ARTETA has revealed his delight after being named as Arsenal's new captain.
Following Vermaelen's £15m switch to Barcelona, Arteta has stepped up to take the captaincy role on a permanent basis, with Germany defender Per Mertesacker becoming the sole vice-skipper having shared the role with the Spanish ace last season.
Arteta has already lifted a trophy during his brief spell as Gunners captain after the FA Cup winners strolled to a 3-0 win over Manchester City in the Community Shield yesterday.
And the ex-Rangers and Everton man took to Twitter to reveal his delight at his promotion to the top job.
"Great to lift another trophy and a massive honor to be named CAPTAIN of ARSENAL FC!!Lets have a great season!!" he wrote.
Arteta joined Arsenal for £10m from Premier League rivals Everton in 2011.
After just a single season in Spain he moved onto Everton, where he went on to cement his place as a top Premier League performer.
New No.2 Mertesacker also joined the Gunners in 2011.
This summer he featured for Germany on their way to World Cup glory, and is set to play a key role for the Gunners this season alongside Laurent Koscielny in central defence.