Arsenal Notable Captains
Arsenal notable captains? Which Arsenal captains have won the most for the club? Which captains have been the best leaders for Arsenal? Well, if you’re wondering, we have a list of all the Arsenal notable captains.
Arsenal Notable Captains – Tony Adams
So who are the recent most notable captains? Well, Tony Adams is the most recent notable captain. The defender is a legend at North London. Adams’ devotion to Arsenal is such that he played for the club his entire professional career, making 669 appearances over the course of 19 years.
Adams also earned 66 caps for England winning 4 League titles, 3 FA Cups and 2 League cups. He was born on 10 October 1966 and is still a massive figure at the Emirates as he rightfully should be.
Standing at 6 feet 3 inches tall, Adams was not only a great leader on the pitch but also one of the best defenders in the world during his time. Taking on the armband in 1988, he has the most number of games under his belt as the Gunners captain.
Arsenal Notable Captains – Patrick Vieira
Patrick Vieira is one of the best defensive midfielders in the history of football but also one of the most influential figures at Arsenal.
The French midfielder arrived at North London in 1996 and went on to appear in 279 League games for the club. He also captained the team under Arsene Wenger for 3 seasons, succeeding Tony Adams into the position.
Under Vieira, Arsenal made history by clinching the 2003/04 Premier League title while going unbeaten.
Arsenal Notable Captains – Pat Rice
Another legendary figure at Arsenal who is in the club’s top ten list of appearances made – 528. Pat Rice grew up in London and joined the club back in 1964 as an apprentice.
Soon after making his debut for the side in 1966 he on to earn his first cap for Northern Ireland. He established himself as a formidable right-back in the English top-flight and was awarded the captain’s armband in the 1976-77 season.
He won the League title once and led the club to the FA Cup trophy in 1979. After retiring from professional football, he came back to serve the club as their assistant manager for 6 years, alongside Arsene Wenger.
Arsenal Youngest Captain Ever – Terry Neill
It is a popular belief amongst most Arsenal fans that Cesc Fabregas is the club’s youngest captain ever. However, to clear everyone’s misconception, Terry Neill is the Gunners’ youngest ever captain at 20 years and 102 days.
He officially took over as the club’s leader during the summer tour at the end of the 1961-62 campaign. The Daily Mirror even published a story on 14 August 1962 about the Northern Irishman’s new position at the Highbury.
Fabregas was 21 years and 204 days old when he had taken over from William Gallas following his embarrassment at Birmingham.
All Arsenal Captains List
|1888-89||David Danskin / Arthur Brown|
|1890-91||Morris Bates / William Stewart / Humphrey Barbour / Peter Connolly / John McBean / Bill Julian|
|1891-92||Bill Julian / David Howat / Robert Buist / William Stewart / Tom Graham / Sandy Robertson|
|1915-16||Probably Percy Sands|
|1916-17||Probably Percy Sands|
|1917-18||Probably Percy Sands|
|1918-19||Probably Percy Sands|
|1932-33||Charlie Jones||Until 24 February 1933|
|1932-33||Alex James||From 24 February 1933|
|1954-55||Jimmy Logie||Until 10 November 1954|
|1954-55||Walley Barnes||From 10 November 1954|
|1955-56||Walley Barnes||Until 17 September 1955|
|1955-56||Don Roper||18 September to 8 January 1956|
|1955-56||Cliff Holton||From 8 January 1956|
|1957-58||Dennis Evans||Until 4 January 1958|
|1957-58||Dave Bowen||From 4 January 1958|
|1975-76||Eddie Kelly / Terry Mancini||Kelly was team captain, Mancini was club captain|
|1987-88||Kenny Sansom||Until 6 March 1988|
|1987-88||Tony Adams||From 6 March 1988|
|2008-09||William Gallas||Until 24 November 2008|
|2008-09||Cesc Fabregas||From 24 November 2008|
|2011-12||Robin van Persie|
Arsenal Captains 2018/19
The Gunners appointed Unai Emery as their manager ahead of the 2018/19 season, who chose 5 players to lead the club under him.
“The captain of this group is Laurent Koscielny, who is injured at the moment,” said Unai Emery.
“After Laurent, our other captains are Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka.
“I want leaders in the team, every player at every time to have the capacity to show leadership, but these are the five players who have a possibility to be the captain.”