Here's something sent in by an Arsenal fan on the subject of players at the club who could be regarded as true leaders.
'Flamini has been a very smart and useful addition to an Arsenal side that was lacking that extra bit of bite - but he is in no way a leader. He is not an example to the others in the squad, nor is he one to rally the troops.
He's proven in the past that his personal ambition surpasses his loyalty for a club, and any comparisons to the likes of former Captain (and leader) Tony Adams are absurd - Adams wouldn't have left Arsenal for all the money or the trophies in the world.
Flamini has undoubtedly been a very good signing for Arsenal, but to compare him with the Ozil signing is also plain silly. It's Ozil who has lifted the team and given us the confidence, but he, too, is no inspirational leader.
In my own view, if I had to choose a leader from this impressive Arsenal side, it would be Per Mertesacker - 100%. His form this season has silenced the critics, and his partnership with the increasingly reliable Koscielny is starting to bed down as one of the best defensive partnerships in Europe.
Mertesacker is calm, disciplined and has the best interests of the club at heart - as he showed at the Etihad Stadium when Ozil didn't go out of his way to acknowledge the fans at the end of the match.
Mertesacker is becoming a leader both on and off the field, and may yet go down in Arsenal history as a professional with Adams-like qualities.
Is Mertesacker a true Arsenal leader ?
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