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Why Arsenal fans are now convinced Hector Bellerin is staying this summer

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Now that Arsene Wenger has confirmed he will leave Arsenal this summer, questions are starting to be asked of which players will follow him out of the exit door.

A squad overhaul is desperately needed at the Emirates Stadium and whoever replaces Wenger will be charged with the task of selling and buying new players for next season.

Among those rumoured to be replaced this summer include Shkodran Mustafi, Granit Xhaka and Petr Cech, who have all had inconsistent campaigns in north London.

Danny Welbeck, David Ospina and Aaron Ramsey's futures are also uncertain, while Jack Wilshere is yet to sign a new contract.

Another player who could leave is Hector Bellerin as rumours swirl that Arsenal are prepared to sell the Spanish right-back for around £50 million.

Manchester United, Juventus and Barcelona are all said to be keeping tabs on Bellerin, whose progress has stagnated over the past 18 months or so.

Bellerin is reportedly open to leaving, with his agent, Albert Botines, saying last month that any offers from Europe's heavyweights will be listened to.

BELLERIN'S FUTURE IN DOUBT

"There's no contact for Bellerin, no one has sought me out," said Botines in March. "He’s happy, he's recently renewed and he's playing consistently.

"It's true that every player always wants to grow, but right now it's difficult [to see him leaving].

"If the Azzurri were interested in some of my clients I would listen, because - just like Juventus - Napoli are not only a great team in Italy but also now in Europe."

Bellerin certainly has options, but Arsenal fans now believe he's going to stay this summer after something he said in the club's latest YouTube video.

In the video below at 5:05, Rob Holding asks: "Are you happy with your jersey number, or if not, what number would you like?"

And Bellerin responds by saying he wants the No.2 shirt, which was vacated by Mathieu Debuchy in January, and that he's going to ask for it this summer.

"The No.2 was occupied at the beginning of the season, so in the summer I'm going to ask for it," the 23-year-old said. "I've already spoken to Vic [Akers], he knows."

Arsenal fans have since been reacting to Bellerin asking for the No.2 shirt and they're convinced it means he will be staying - or he wants to at least - which is good news given his vast potential.

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Premier League
Arsene Wenger
Hector Bellerin
Arsenal
Jack Wilshere
Aaron Ramsey
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