Arsenal journalist Charles Watts has given his view on Hector Bellerin’s future at the club following his move on transfer deadline day.
The Spanish defender got his wish on the final day of the window as he completed a loan move to Real Betis for the remainder of the 2021/22 season, having reportedly made it quite clear in the earlier stages of the summer that he was desperate to leave the club.
Arsenal moved swiftly to replace him by bringing in Takehiro Tomiyasu, signing the Japanese international on a long-term contract.
Speaking about the Bellerin deal on the latest edition of his show, Watts broke down the further details of move and what it could mean for both him and the club moving forward:
“So it’s just a straight loan for Bellerin, Arsenal couldn’t get an option included in that. I think it was the case that they just wanted Hector to go out and play football; they knew they were going to bring in another right-back.
“So he’ll go over there, hopefully get some minutes, which he needs, he needs to have a full-on season, Hector Bellerin, and then the decision will be made on Bellerin at the end of the season.
“I can’t imagine he’s going to come back to Arsenal now, you’d imagine this is the beginning of the end for Bellerin at Arsenal and he will potentially get himself a permanent move away from the club this time next summer.”
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Will Bellerin be an Arsenal player next season?
In a way, this move can actually benefit Arsenal if things work out right for Bellerin over in Spain.
Rather than have him tied down to Betis either through a permanent deal or a loan deal with an option to buy, this means that if he plays well, Arsenal won’t necessarily be forced to negotiate with the Spanish club alone at the end of the season. He would be free to move to any club in the world and that could potentially start a bidding war to drive the price up.
As Watts hinted at, Bellerin’s time at the club is more or less over barring a drastic change of circumstances at the Emirates Stadium, so now all Arsenal should be focusing on is trying to drum up as much interest as they can for him next summer in order to get the best deal that they can for themselves.