Thomas Vermaelen's transfer to Barcelona did not just leave a void in terms of squad space, it also left Arsenal captain-less. However, following Arsenal's 3-0 victory over Manchester City, Wenger has confirmed vice-captain Mikel Arteta has been bumped up to the role of club captain and Per Mertesacker has been promoted to vice-captain.
Asked who would take over from Vermaelen as club captain, Wenger said: "One: Arteta and two: Mertesacker. Arteta will be captain and Mertesacker vice-captain."
He also took the time out to praise Vermaelen for four years of solid service, as well as pointing out Calum Chambers versatility after he enjoyed a good competitive debut.
"I allowed Thomas Vermaelen to leave before the end of the season. He was not playing regularly, he behaved outstandingly and with dignity. It’s difficult to keep that kind of player at the top level if he doesn't play regularly."
"You look at Vermaelen, there were two huge clubs in for him and they had a look and could not find anybody better," Wenger added. "If I can find another one I will do it but it is not easy to find. Maybe a guy who can play in two or three different positions will be better for us.
"I see Chambers as a centre-back. I saw him there when I bought him. He was outstanding today for a 19-year-old, it was very promising. It’s impressive because he does not have a long history in this position. If all goes well, he has a good career in front of him. He can challenge both centre-backs and that is what we want."