Hector Bellerin is often considered to be a polarising figure in the world of football, and most of the time it’s because of his fashion sense – which sounds utterly ridiculous. In truth the Spaniard is one of the most intriguing young full backs in the game today, and we don’t say that lightly. At the age of 23 it feels like he’s still got a lot of room left to grow and a lot of time in which to do so, although his recent injury certainly served as a bit of a setback for his carer trajectory.
Hector Bellerin has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, Arsenal have officially confirmed.
The Spaniard went off the pitch in the 72nd minute of Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Chelsea on Saturday, and was replaced by Mohamed Elneny, which prompted a positional and formational shift across the line-up. Having gone down under absolutely no contact at all, it was immediately clear it would be very bad news for the player, as such injuries often turn out to be the worst case scenario. The omens unfortunately proved to be correct.
Arsenal are waiting on news of the severity of the injury picked up by Hector Bellerin in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Chelsea. The full-back went down holding his knee and the fears are that the injury is a serious one that will sideline him until at least the end of the season.
Bellerin is due to have a scan which will tell the north London club more about the injury and how long he will be sidelined. The 23-year-old had only just returned to the team after injury.
In Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off, Arsenal travels to the London Stadium to face West Ham, as the Gunners look to move into the top four of the table.
The home side has enjoyed a topsy-turvy first season under veteran boss Manuel Pellegrini. The Hammers are currently tenth in the table in the group of teams all battling to be the best of the rest below the top six.
The Irons have not been in great form of late, as they have won just once in their last four outings, suffering two defeats in the process. Last time out in the Premier League, Brighton held the Hammers to a 2-2 draw at the London Stadium.
Arsenal will put their top four credentials to the test when they welcome Liverpool to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening.
Arsenal have been on a good run of form that has taken the Gunners to fourth spot in the Premier League table. A 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace last time in the league ended a seven-game winning run in the top-flight.
However, Unai Emery’s side are still unbeaten 13 games in all competitions, having recorded 12 wins in the process. The Gunners have also been prolific in the top-flight of late, scoring at least two goals in all but one of their Premier League games this season.
No, not the old recycled story of how Barcelona are looking to sign Spanish full-back Hector Bellerin. It is the Spaniard on the other flank of the Gunners defence that is interesting the Catalan giants.
Yes, Nacho Monreal is interesting the Catalan giants according to the Guardian rumour page, which offers no apologies for the lack of source for their information.
Monreal one of Arsenals most consistent performers
Nacho Monreal does not often receive plaudits for his performances for Arsenal. However, over the past few seasons, he has been one of the most consistent players for the North London side.
When veteran Switzerland international Stephan Lichtsteiner joined Arsenal from Juventus as a free agent in the summer, most Gunners fans assumed that he would be back-up for first-choice right-back Hector Bellerin.
True to form, that is what has happened, as the new arrival has played just 55 minutes as a substitute in the Gunners season opener against Manchester City. The 34-year-old was expecting to compete with Bellerin for the right-back spot.
He told the Standard: “I could have changed to five other clubs in the summer, knowing that I would certainly play 47 out of 50 serious matches,”
Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin did a really interesting interview with the Times recently, talking about many things including how badly the abuse he has received online and also during games has affected him.
In reality, on the pitch, Bellerin has experienced mixed fortunes for the side from north London. However, off the pitch, he comes across as an engaging character, willing to talk about many issues.
Abuse affecting him
Talking about the abuse he receives he stated “Some of it can get very abusive. Most of the abuse is online, but you hear it in the stadium, too,”
Arsenal’s season is off to a start that, unfortunately, many people saw coming. That isn’t necessarily an indication of their ability, but when you come up against Manchester City and Chelsea in consecutive weeks, it doesn’t matter who you are – because you’re going to struggle. A lot of Gunners fans came out with their head held high despite the defeat because they know that this journey is going to be full of ups and downs with Unai Emery. It was never going to be easy, and they certainly went down swinging against the Blues.
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.