Chelsea skipper named for Arsenal game – but Maurizio Sarri continues to delay on permanent role

Maurizio Sarri confirmed that Cesar Azpilicueta will remain as captain for Chelsea’s match against Arsenal this afternoon but still refused to announce who will be the permanent appointment.

Gary Cahill is still the official club captain after he took over the role from John Terry following the Blues legend’s departure, however Cahill’s game time is likely to be cut quite dramatically this season.

Azpilicueta was the vice-captain under Cahill and is a natural candidate to be given the role full-time, however there have also been reports that Eden Hazard could be given the armband in an attempt to entice him to remain with the club.

Hazard was Belgium’s captain as they came third in the World Cup, however Sarri continued to keep quiet on whether or not it will be Hazard to take the armband for his club as well as his country.

“But, as I said last week, for the moment the captain is Azpilicueta. But I want to know very well my players. In ten days or a couple of weeks, I will be able to decide the final one.”

When asked if Cahill could remain as captain, Sarri added: “I don’t know. Maybe Cahill. But I’d like to know very well the players [first].”

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