Arsenal don't have a conventional leader in their ranks - I wonder how Arteta will solve it
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's exit looks almost a certainty this summer and this raises a question of who will replace him as the side's captain.
Perhaps the captain's figure itself is outdated or, at least, not worth the fuss because captains don't really enjoy on-pitch privileges like they do in rugby, for example. Yet I find it ironic that Arsenal don't have a foolproof alternative to the Gabon striker.
Let's face it, even Auba was not an obvious choice. He is not a leader like Vieira or Adams. He just happened to be the most important in football terms and the least divisive when the plan to appoint Granit Xhaka went tits up. That doesn't make Pierre a conventional captain.
However, the lack of alternatives in the squad speaks to the mess Arsenal are in. They have improved under Arteta for sure but there isn't a figure I would be entirely comfortable with as captain at this stage.
The two standout (for lack of a better word) candidates for me are Hector Bellerin and David Luiz. There are question marks over both. Bellerin has regressed in pure footballing terms and his leadership qualities are unknown. David Luiz is a Chelsea legend and in the twilight of his career. Just how much he'll be involved even next season remains to be seen.
Beyond this pair though we have a bunch of kids or newcomers (or both!) to look at. Even Luiz himself is a new kid on the block, although that is of course offset by his vast experience in the blue side of London and, ahem, his age of 32 years.
If I was a betting man, my money would be on Bellerin taking the armband and Luiz being vice-captain, with Mesut Ozil third in the line of succession. These are the players (alongside Granit Xhaka, by the way) Mikel Arteta seems to trust most.
Watching how the Spaniard approaches the armband duties will be fascinating anyway, given the mess his predecessor made of the whole process. It might also reveal who Arteta views as essential and who became expendable in his view. Let the games begin.