Santi Cazorla has revealed he considers Mikel Arteta to be Arsenal’s true captain while being interviewed by his club team-mate for a Spanish newspaper.
Thomas Vermaelen is currently in possession of the captains’ armband at the Emirates Stadium having inherited it from Robin van Persie when he left the Gunners in the summer.
Arteta meanwhile has grown in stature having been originally considered as something of a panic buy when he joined the north London club in the summer of 2011.
The former Everton midfielder is now seemingly an automatic choice for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger in a deeper lying role than he was used to on Merseyside, and has impressed so far this season.
Seemingly tired of being the news, Arteta has decided to make the news by interviewing his Arsenal team-mate for Spanish newspaper AS – and during the interview he revealed that it was Arteta who was considered as the real captain of the club by the Arsenal players themselves.
"Here at Arsenal you’re a real leader,” Cazorla said. “When I arrived, I was a little surprised at the level of respect that you have in the dressing-room," he added.
"But when I saw you with the group and on the pitch it’s obvious that almost all consider you the Captain. You are a leader. I’m no good at that, nobody would listen to me! But when you talk they listen."
The pair went on to discuss a series of subjects during the interview, including why Arteta has been ignored at international level despite his consistency with the Gunners.
"Seriously, I wonder why you’ve never been with the national team. Look you’ve had some incredible seasons with Everton and now you’re the deputy captain of Arsenal," Cazorla commented.
"How strange that you’ve not yet had a chance. There are many players in that position, but I do wonder. Hopefully one day we'll enjoy it together".
Cazorla joined Arsenal in a deal initially £13 million from Malaga during the summer transfer window, and has hit the ground running at the Emirates Stadium.
The 27-year-old was named as Arsenal’s player of the month for September, and admitted that he was loving life in Premier League, something which is being helped by his frequent English lessons.
"I have to learn English, this is a very good opportunity, Mikel. Everywhere you go you need good English," he said.
"And I’m getting very serious about the issue. So I’m enjoying it. You know what I thought after the first few games?
"Watching English football on TV is one thing but playing is another, there is a tremendous difference. I love this league, it’s spectacular but coming from Spain to the Premier League is a huge leap."