First pictures as Hector Bellerin named Arsenal captain for friendly win over Ipswich

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 (Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
(Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal were on Saturday led out by captain Hector Bellerin for the club's first friendly of pre-season, against Ipswich Town.

The right-back has returned to London Colney after a successful loan spell with Real Betis. Bellerin has made no secret of his desire to return to his boyhood club, ideally on a permanent basis, but was handed the captain’s armband upon his return.

Betis want to bring Bellerin, who has one year remaining on his contract, back to the club but his £100,000-a-week wages are proving a stumbling block for a summer transfer.

On Saturday, Mikel Arteta named Bellerin as captain of a team which also included the likes of Eddie Nketiah, Thomas Partey, Ben White and Bernd Leno. The Gunners ran out 5-1 winners, with Nketiah scoring a hat-trick.

Skipper: Hector Bellerin (Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Skipper: Hector Bellerin (Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arteta is on the market for a new defender, with Ajax's Lisandro Martinez his first-choice target. Martinez can play at both centre-back and left-back, leaving Bellerin to potentially battle with Takekiro Tomiyasu than Cedric Soares should he stick around.

Being named skipper could be a hint of things to come for Bellerin.

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