The Daily Mail reports this morning that Arsene Wenger is lining up Barcelona striker Isaac Cuenca, the 20year old is free to talk to clubs next month as his contract is up in the summer. The same paper also suggest that we have finally offered Thierry Henry a return on a two month loan deal.
Should he accept this loan deal, he will feature in seven Premier League fixtures, our FA Cup matches and of course the Champions League battle with AC Milan. I’m sure many fans will be glad to hear this news but still many will wonder if this is the right thing to be doing.
So as an old Captain looks to be one his way back, who has been your greatest captain of Arsenal? It must be a question that every generation of Arsenal fans muse over from time to time.
For me, it is a toss-up between Frank McLintock MBE, and the equally great Tony Adams. For my Dad it was Joe Mercer and before him, those old enough to remember would probably say Eddie Hapgood and/or Tom Parker.
Recent Arsenal captains like Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas didn’t really come up to those exacting standards but they did the job in a more continental way.
Right now we are fortunate to have a dual leadership, of the more traditional type, an indefatigable duo of warriors in the shape of Robin Van Persie & Thomas Vermaelen. These two have seen a return to the bloody-minded, ‘over my dead body’ style of leadership that we tended to associate with Arsenal skippers of yore. They have created a more resilient attitude and mentality in the dressing room, aided and abetted by our more experienced summer signings.
Don Howe and Terry Neill were the first captains I can recall as a young boy but then Frank took the captaincy and was responsible for driving Arsenal to their first honours since 1953. Frank gave absolutely everything and he expected his team mates to do likewise.
A statue for him would be a well deserved honour & thank you from the club.
Alan Ball led the team through a difficult period as the 1970-71 Double Team broke up and he was eventually succeeded by Pat Rice.
Pat lifted the FA Cup in 1979, but my over-riding feeling about his team was that he should have lifted a few more cups as well as 1979.
The ever popular Kenny Sansom lifted the Littlewoods Cup in 1987 and he is one of my all-time favourite but he left the club under regrettable circumstances shortly afterwards.
Then we had Tony Adams, a West Ham fan as a boy but soon became Mr Arsenal and most of us know how great Tony was/is…
My favourite two moments of his were his winner against Tottenham at Wembley in 1993 and his goal against Everton in 1998.
His “Would you believe it” moment…
Well what do you guys and gals think???
For the record and to help you make your choice:
The first Arsenal captain to win a trophy [FA Cup], Tom Parker.
The first Arsenal captain to win the League Championship, Tom Parker.
The first Arsenal captain to win the League Cup, Kenny Sansom.
The first Arsenal captain to win a european trophy, Frank McLintock.
Captain with most League titles, Eddie Hapgood and Tony Adams.
Only Arsenal captain to win League titles in three different decades, Tony Adams.
Todays post has been conjured up by Allezkev and Lee