Hector Bellerino’s potential outing this summer raises more questions.
As he discovered football.london last summer, the Spaniard was at a crossroads given his future at Emirates Stadium, wondering whether or not he wanted to be part of Mikel Arteta’s long-term plans in north London.
However, Bellerin chose to stay at Arsenal and remained the undisputed right back, collecting 27 appearances in all competitions this season in the middle of the battle with Cedric Soares.
But, according to a CBS Sports report, the 25-year-old may not be at the club next season because it is claimed that the Spaniard wants to be tested outside the Premier League.
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Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and at least two Serie A clubs need to monitor Bellerin’s situation with a view to making potential offers in the summer transfer window.
If Bellerin leaves, there will likely be two main questions many Arsenal fans will want to answer; 1. How much will it sell for? and 2. Who will replace him?
Answer to question no. 2 has already been released because the above report identified the highly rated Max Aarons of Norwich City and Tariq Lamptey of Brighton as two potential replacements.
Another question that will be asked if Bellerin leaves this summer is who will become Arsenal’s next deputy captain?
That’s the role the right-back has played since last season as Pierre-Emerick’s deputy Aubameyang, who signed a new contract last summer, is likely to continue to lead the team for at least the next three years.
In the absence of the 31-year-old, experienced trio Alexandre Lacazette, Granit Xhaka and David Luiz wore the captain’s armband this season.
But whether any of the three will compete for promotion or will still be at the club next season remains to be seen.
Interestingly, Arteta has already hinted at a perfect replacement for Bellerino in terms of deputy captaincy.
Speaking after his team’s 4-0 win over West Brom last year, the Gunners boss advertised Kieran Tierney as the future Arsenal captain.
“I think he can be an Arsenal captain because he has the respect and admiration of every staff member and every player,” Arteta said towards the goal. “It simply came to our notice then.
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“It simply came to our notice then.
“And he’s a really shy boy, but he represents all of us in the club; all the values we want to instill and are in the DNA of this club.”
Would the first step on Tierney’s path to becoming Arsenal captain be to take Bellerino as a deputy for Aubameyang if the Gunners 2 say goodbye to the Emirate this summer?