Many rumours have been circulating since Unai Emery took the reins at Arsenal football club - and all of them revolve around prospective transfer targets.

It is abundantly clear the Gunners have to strengthen should they want to contend - especially in defence - but in amongst the hyperbole, links and dark arts from agents, the opening of the transfer window has overshadowed another serious matter.

Who will be Arsenal skipper next season?

Arsenal seem to be targeting experience and leadership in the window, with heavy links to 29yr old Sokratis from Dortmund, German international keeper Bernd Leno and 34yr old former Juventus right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner all appearing to be legitimate targets - and all have a large amount of experience that could help to corral our backline into shape.

In an ideal world though, we would have a leader in our ranks that already knows our club, our players, and our ways.

There is one small clue that points toward the next Gunners captain.

Emery is reportedly keen to build his side around two men. With one of them being the lethal Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, it would seem that the other that Emery views as a lynchpin - Aaron Ramsey - is in pole position to lead The Arsenal into battle next season.

Already one of our most experienced in the squad, the Welshman leads by example for club and country - and last season saw him step up when the chips were down - another valuable trait for a prospective armband-wearer.

With Emery and the club keen to tie Ramsey down, the offer of the captaincy could prove to be the sweetener that sways Ramsey into extending his deal.

Ramsey is entering the last year of his deal, and would not be short of takers. The midfielder may well wait and see how the land lies with Emery in charge before committing, which would take him closer to January and being able to enter talks with other clubs.

Ramsey is more than a vital player for us who we need to tie down.

He could be our next captain, and responsible for making sure the changes that are put into place by emery, are carried out on the pitch - and that the squad are a receptive audience.

Interesting times indeed.