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Fabregas named new Arsenal captain

Cesc Fábregas was named new Arsenal captain today following the fallout from the William Gallas affair last week. Despite losing the captaincy and being dropped from the squad at the weekend, the French defender is set to return tomorrow night against Dynamo Kiev.

Gallas' time as Arsenal captain was punctuated by questionable leadership including his melodramatic sit-down protest at Birmingham last season and last week's criticism of his younger team-mates. But Fabregas has been handed the captaincy on a permanent basis and looks to be a popular choice with both players and fans.

While Fabregas is ten years younger than Gallas he appears a much more level headed character on and off the field and was arguably the obvious choice for captain despite his tender age. Speaking of the appointment Arsene Wenger said: "The captain's is the voice of the club towards the outside, but he's just one of the leaders in the dressing room – I still don't believe in one providential man sorting out all the problems."

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