The Arsenal captaincy, once among the highest honours in English football, has become a bad joke in 15 years since the club left Highbury for the Emirates Stadium.
Perhaps the office is cursed, as some quipped when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang lost the job, or perhaps simply an object lesson in the perils of decorating the wrong people for the wrong reasons.
Arsene Wenger hatched the idea of using the role as a last desperate ploy to quell the exodus of his best players, starting with Thierry Henry. Not that it stopped Henry leaving for Barcelona after the final season of his first spell fizzled out.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's failure as Arsenal captain has led to claims the role is cursed
Nor did it deter Cesc Fabregas, another ‘best player’ appointment, from sulking off to Barcelona, or Robin van Persie running down his contract and signing for Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.
William Gallas appeared a strange choice from the start. Some sort of bizarre My Fair Lady experiment by Professor Wenger, curious to know if his