There is a strong chance Hector Bellerin will be leaving Arsenal at the end of the season, according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano.
Having taken his first football steps at Barcelona, Bellerin joined Arsenal’s Under-18 side in 2011, and apart from a brief loan spell at Watford, he’s been with the club ever since. Overall, he has made 234 first-team appearances in all competitions, scoring nine and assisting 29 goals, and helping the team win three FA Cups and three Community Shields. Playing primarily as a right-back, the 26-year-old has been known to perform well further up the pitch as a wide midfielder as well.
Bellerin was reportedly a target for Paris Saint-Germain last summer, with the Ligue 1 side’s sporting director Leonardo extremely keen to take him to the French capital. There were even reports of a concrete offer being made which Arsenal rejected, and no agreement was reached. Now, however, the race for his signature would be quite open, and Arsenal would be giving out any discounts to anyone despite the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, with two years still remaining on his contract.
The Spaniard did not play in any of the Gunners’ last six Premier League matches, sitting through five on the bench and being completely left out of the squad for the trip to West Ham ahead of the international break. In those games, manager Mikel Arteta alternated Calum Chambers and Cedric Soares on the right defensive flank, which can’t have sat well with Bellerin. He could, however, be given a place in the team in the next few fixtures, with Cedric likely to deputize for the injured Kieran Tierney on the left and apparent questions about Chambers’ ability to play a long string of matches given his injury record.
Nonetheless, Bellerin previously started 22 league matches, and even wore the captain’s armband in the absence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.