Report: Petr Cech in contention to become Arsenal captain next season

Mikel Arteta is the Premier League's side's current skipper but may be about to retire.

Petr Cech is in contention to be appointed as Arsenal's new captain next season as Arsene Wenger wishes to hand the armband to a member of the side that is likely to play every week for the Gunners, according to the Daily Mirror.

Mikel Arteta is the club's current skipper, but the Mirror reports that the former Everton midfielder - who has endured an injury-plagued time at the Emirates - is likely to retire at the end of the current campaign and take up a coaching role, leaving the position vacant.

And while vice-captain Per Mertesacker may seem the most likely candidate for the role, the Mirror suggests that doubts regarding whether the German will hold down a regular place in the team may see him overlooked.

The World Cup winner has been exposed frequently this season when coming up against forwards that boast a fair amount of pace, which could therefore persuade Wenger to use Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel Paulista as his centre-back pairing on a more regular basis next season. 

Should Cech get the job, it would highlight just how impressive the 33-year-old has been since arriving in the summer. Despite his obvious talent, he got off to a terrible start as he was arguably at fault for both goals as West Ham came away from the Emirates on the opening day of the season with a 2-0 win. 

However, he has frequently shown, since then, just why he is one of the greatest goalkeepers the Premier League has ever seen, which is why it should surprise no one if he is appointed as the club's new captain.

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