I think in modern day football the captains armband means literally nothing. Give it to whoever and regardless the natural leaders will shine through.
When we successful and winning the PL title, our whole team was full of players that were strong charachters and leaders.
But since we have been at the Emirates there have been very few leaders or strong characters and consequently no PL titles.
Adams and Vieira would drag us by the scruff of the neck, when we weren’t playing well, and get something out of a game, and there would be plenty of other players that would do the same.
In recent seasons we have hardly anyone that would do that job, and that’s why we have seen the sort of thrashings we have.
That would never have been allowed to happen with such regularity at Highbury.