Arsenal journalist Charles Watts has been sharing some details on Gunners full-back Hector Bellerin and his future at the north London club.
This comes after Watts uploaded a video onto his YouTube channel where he spoke about a range of topics concerning Mikel Arteta’s side.
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On the subject of Bellerin, whose future has been the subject of speculation in recent weeks, Watts had this to say on the matter.
He said: “I think there’s certainly conversations to be had with Hector Bellerin this summer. The suggestion is from pretty much everyone you talk to that everyone is in agreement that they kind of feel like this might well be Hector Bellerin’s last season at Arsenal.
“Again, it depends on a few things, though – what interested clubs are there, will they interest Bellerin, will the bid be enough to tempt Arsenal into doing business?
“Now, we know Hector nearly went last summer, didn’t happen. Mikel Arteta spoke with him, they had talks, Arteta has admitted this previously and [at] those talks [it] was decided he’d stay for another year.
“It hasn’t quite worked out for Hector this season. He’s been in and out of the team. Certainly, the signs are now you’ve seen with the team selection, the fact that Calum Chambers is playing ahead of him at the moment, Cedric has done at times as well, that Mikel is now kind of looking beyond Hector when it comes to the right-back [position] and Arsenal certainly will be looking at the right-backs, in terms of bringing in someone this summer to play over there.”
Arsenal signed Bellerin to their U18 side from Barcelona’s youth system back in 2011 for a fee of £450k (as per Transfermarkt). Since making his senior debut for Arsenal back in 2013, the 26-year-old, who is currently valued at £22.5 million, has made 239 appearances for the club across all competitions in which he has managed to score nine goals and provide 29 assists along the way.
TIF Thoughts on Charles Watts’ comments on Bellerin and his future at Arsenal…
Given how the Spaniard has only made three appearances in the Premier League for Arsenal since late February, this could be why there is some question over his place in Arteta’s squad and the club altogether.
In our view, with Bellerin only managing to earn himself a fairly uninspiring overall season rating of 6.69/10 for his performances in the league in this campaign (as per WhoScored), perhaps it could be better for Arsenal to cash in on Bellerin this summer and look at bringing in another right-back during the upcoming summer transfer window that can be a more consistent performer for the team.