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Mertesacker turns captain as Arsenal faces Liverpool today

Arsenal has named defender, Per Mertesacker as its new club captain following the departure of Mikel Arteta this summer, the club said on its website on Saturday.

The Gunners will begin their English Premier League campaign this season today against Liverpool and the game at The Emirates is expected to be Mertesacker’s first outing as official captain of the London side.

“Per is a very respected figure in the dressing room, is loved as well and is also a very demanding figure,” Arsene Wenger told Arsenal Player on Saturday. “I think it is absolutely natural to be (him).”

The 31-year-old Mertesacker, who signed for Arsenal in 2011, helped the club to FA Cup victories in 2014 and 2015 but will be missing for the first four months of this season after picking up a knee injury in a friendly against Lens in July.