Parlour: Cesc only man to lead Arsenal

Cesc Fabregas was the only name in the frame to become Arsene Wenger's new captain, according to former Arsenal skipper Ray Parlour. “I think he’s our only player who can do it,” says Parlour. “He’s very young, but so was Tony Adams so let’s hope he can do a good job.” But Parlour, who played more than 300 games for the Gunners, thinks the young Spaniard should be assisted more by his team-mates. “When you play a game you’ve got to have 10 captains out there. Fabregas is the captain now but it’s up to the other players to respond to that and help him along the way.” “Everyone has got to take responsibility for their own position, do their jobs and then they’ll be a very good team.” Despite his support for the former Barcelona midfielder, ‘Romford Pele’ Parlour believes his old club still need to strengthen in midfield. “They never really replaced Flamini," says Parlour. "He was that little worker, that dogged player who won the ball back.” Parlour was speaking at the Sue Ryder International Cup, a five-a-side charity event featuring a team of legends and held at the David Beckham Academy in Greenwich.

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