Boss yet to decide who will be captain tomorrow night


Arsene Wenger says he has an ‘interesting’ decision to make as to who will captain the team tomorrow night for the Europa League clash with Ostersunds FK.

Arsenal are without Laurent Koscielny (Achilles), Jack Wilshere and Petr Cech, and the fact that he was even asked the question, and answered the way he did, suggests that Per Mertesacker has not made the trip either.

When asked who would lead the side out, he said, “I haven’t thought about that. It’s an interesting question I have to sort out tonight.

“It could be [Mesut Ozil]. I prefer a more defensive player most of the time. We’ll see.”

Nacho Monreal would appear to be the senior man at the back and he could well be the man with the armband.

Arsenal passed up the chance to have a training session on the Ostersund pitch today, with Wenger preferring to work at home and travel to Sweden in the afternoon.

He explained his decision, saying, “It disturbs the organisation and the way we want to prepare for a game and I think we will adapt. We have played sometimes indoors.

“I have heard this is 4G, we have 3G so it is different and outside it is different as well but no matter, we have not to make too big a problem with it.

“Our technical level should help us to adapt quickly. The temperature at the moment I don’t find a big difference with London.

“We have cold wind as well similar to what has happened here so I don’t think the temperature will be a big problem.

“Our target will be to adapt quickly to the pitch.”

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