This is going to be a pretty controversial topic, but we want to talk about Hector Bellerin – and more specifically, why we think he needs to have a big season with the Gunners. The 23-year-old has always been viewed as a young player who can be something of a game changer in North London, and for the most part, that’s turned out to be the case. However, what we can’t advocate for is this attitude he seems to have developed in the last few years of his career.
Hector Bellerin has once again reiterated his commitment to Arsenal by saying he’s very happy where he is.
Bellerin has been linked with a possible departure for a long time by various media outlets, but everything that ever came from the player himself on the subject has indicated otherwise. He spoke about how happy he is at the Emirates back in May, and added then that London had become his home now.
Fortunately, nothing seems to have changed since then, despite the arrival of Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free transfer from Juventus this summer.
Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for out-of-contract Juventus full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner. The veteran Switzerland international is weighing up his options in Turin, as he can move elsewhere as a free agent this summer.
According to reports from the Metro, the 34-year-old has been in talks with the north London giants for the last few weeks. However, the player himself has admitted that he is not sure there will be any developments before this summer’s World Cup.
Hector Bellerin has dismissed rumours of a potential departure from Arsenal. Apparently, the full-back has told Sky Sports his future remains at Arsenal. He pointed out that his contract has a long time to run yet, and that London has become his home.
Born in Catalonia, Spain, Bellerin started his career in Barcelona’s youth teams before moving to Arsenal in 2011. Two years later he signed his first professional contract with the Gunners, and he was immediately loaned out to Watford. After a season with the Hornets, he returned to the Emirates and has been here ever since, accumulating a total of 160 games and scoring 7 goals in an Arsenal shirt so far.
At the age of just 23, you’d think that Hector Bellerin would be on the verge of reaching ‘world-class’ status based on the hype surrounding him over the last few years. Instead, the Spaniard seems to be backtracking in the worst way possible and after last night, we believe that he shouldn’t be seen in an Arsenal shirt for a very, very long time.
According to the Telegraph, the next Arsenal boss will have just £50million to spend next summer in the transfer market.
The Gunners spent heavily in January signing striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and before that on French striker Alexandre Lacazette. The north London club hierarchy will be aware that the likes Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and another January arrival Henrikh Mkhitaryan are all on big contracts.
However, they are also sold the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud, which will have cut the wage bill dramatically.
By all accounts Hector Bellerin has been living a fairytale for the last few years – or, at least, that’s how it should seem. He moved to Arsenal from Barcelona at the age of just 16, and since that point, he’s been able to carve out a relatively successful career for himself in Arsene Wenger’s first team. He’s fast, is able to track back quickly, and at 23 years of age, he should have plenty of time left in the game at the highest level.
Arsenal recorded a 3-0 victory over Stoke at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon but did not break the deadlock until the last 15 minutes.
The visitors threatened first on four minutes, as Swiss playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri curled an effort just wide of goal from the edge of the area. Arsenal had their first effort on goal on 23 minutes.
Hector Bellerin’s cross found midfielder Aaron Ramsey in the area and the Welshman’s effort on goal looped over Jack Butland onto the bar. Six months later Jack Wilshere found Ramsey, whose shot on goal deflected wide. Centre-back Shkodran Mustafi headed the resulting corner kick right at Butland.
As it stands right now, Hector Bellerin is reportedly very happy at the Emirates and wants to remain at the club, despite many rumours suggesting otherwise. Whether you believe that or you don’t, at least we’ve got some clarity on the situation – at least, that’s what it seems like.
For years and years now agents have been coming out and providing the media with ‘statements’ from certain players, and then a few months later, something happens that completely contradicts what was said. A notable example would be Fabian Delph, who seemed to be the happiest man in the world at Villa Park before he jumped ship and joined Manchester City.
Hector Bellerin’s agent says the defender is completely happy at Arsenal, as reported by the Mirror.
Arsenal’s fullback has been linked with a host of clubs and the amount of money the Gunners would get for him would certainly help them rebuild the squad, but for now, he remains content with playing at the Emirates.
The Mirror claim Manchester United have made discreet enquiries about the player, but Juventus remain in pole position to secure his services, should it come to his departure. However, as agent Albert Botines says, there have been no formal approaches from any club. He also adds that he would be willing to listen to an offer from either Juventus or Napoli, because the two clubs are big not only in Italy but in Europe as well.