Robin van Persie named new Arsenal captain

Robin van Persie
Robin van Persie takes the Arsenal captaincy from Cesc Fabregas

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has been confirmed as the club's new captain.

The 28-year-old Holland international has been at the club since May 2004 and takes the armband from Cesc Fabregas, who left for Barcelona this week.

Manager Arsene Wenger told the official matchday programme: "He is a leader through the way he plays, through his attitude and through his desire to win.

"He's been at the club a long time and he's a technical leader as well."

Van Persie, who will be assisted by defender Thomas Vermaelen, said he was relishing the opportunity.

"As captain, you are an ambassador for the club and I'm ready for that," said the Dutchman. "I've been in the game now for more than 10 years, so I know how this world works.

"You should always try to show respect. This is just basic stuff that all human beings should have in their life - just being nice to people.

"It's the little things, like giving people a minute of your time in the street. You show them respect and live with your principles on life."

Van Persie will not lead Arsenal out against Udinese in Tuesday's Champions League qualifier because he is serving a one-match Uefa suspension.

But he will take over when Liverpool visit the Emirates on Saturday for a Premier League match.