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Mikel Arteta has already hinted who he sees as his next Arsenal captain

With Hector Bellerin facing an uncertain future at Arsenal, Mikel Arteta is believed to be considering his long-term captaincy options.

The Spanish defender is reportedly weighing up his future in north London as Paris Saint-Germain prepare to rekindle their interest in the right-back.

Bellerin, 25, joined the Gunners as a 16-year-old and has amassed 231 appearances for the north London club.

He came close to leaving the Emirates last summer but Arsenal rejected PSG’s €35million (£30m) bid as they held out for a fee closer to €50million (£43m).

As vice-captain he has worn the armband on numerous occasions in the absence of skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Mikel Arteta may need to appoint a new Arsenal vice-captain in the summer

But recent reports have suggested the Spain international is keen on a fresh challenge and is ready to consider leaving Arsenal this summer.

His exit would leave Arteta needing to appoint a new vice-captain – and comments made by the manager this season appear to suggest he already has his eye on one player in particular.

Speaking after his side’s 4-0 win over West Brom last month, Arteta heaped glowing praise on Kieran Tierney and touted the left-back as a future Arsenal captain.

Hector Bellerin faces an uncertain future at the Gunners
Hector Bellerin faces an uncertain future at the Gunners

“I think he can be Arsenal captain as he has the respect and admiration of every member of the staff and every player,” Arteta said, as per Goal.

“It is just the way he is. He does it in a natural way.

“He is a really shy boy as well but he represents all of us in the club; all of the values that we want to instill and are in the DNA in this club.”

Arteta has been hugely impressed with Kieran Tierney
Arteta has been hugely impressed with Kieran Tierney

Indeed, Arteta has been hugely impressed with the impact Scottish star Tierney has made, further highly his importance at the Emirates.

Arteta added: “Since the moment I joined the club I have seen a player with enormous talent with the perfect attitude and commitment.

“He has had some issues to adapt. We tried to help him. It was a challenge for him to leave his house as we all tried to help him.”




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