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Arsenal: Watts expects long-term clubman to depart

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Hector Bellerin is expected to make his loan switch to Real Betis a permanent one this summer according to Arsenal correspondent Charles Watts. 

The right-back recently admitted that he felt homesick towards the end of last season and regularly spoke with manager Mikel Arteta in an attempt to find a move back to Spain.

He eventually took a pay cut to seal a switch to Betis with whom he won the Copa del Rey and insisted it was special to do it at the club his father is a fan of.

Football Espana have said that the 27-year-old wishes to continue in Seville beyond this season despite having one year left on his Arsenal contract.

90min outlined that Betis have made it clear to the Gunners that they would like to make Bellerin their own and Watts insists that everything is pointing to the Spaniard leaving the club this summer.

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Speaking on his YouTube channel he said:

(9:05) “But from my understanding of it, everyone is working towards the idea that Bellerin will move permanently this summer. 

“The first option is absolutely Real Betis they are very happy with him they’ve indicated to Bellerin that they want him to stay they believe they can make the move permanent. They’ve got themselves European football next season. So they do have some money they don’t think it’s going to cost an astronomical amount to tempt Arsenal into selling. 

(9:42) “I imagine it might be between five and 10 million euros potentially.

(10:07) “Arteta is not going to stand in his way. They’ve got a very good working relationship.”

TIF Thoughts on Bellerin…

The arrival of Takehiro Tomiyasu after Bellerin had left for Spain would give a strong indication that Arteta sees the Japanese international as a more than capable replacement.

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He arrived in north London back in 2011 but has made just 59 league appearances for the Reds since the start of the 2018/19 season.

He came in for harsh criticism towards the end of the last campaign and speaking on Wrighty’s House podcast he said:

“You could see at the time it wasn’t working for any of us.”

Wright also hailed him as an ‘unbelievable servant’.

Arsenal would be as well to let go of one of their faithful servants as Arteta looks to bring them to the next level with a fresh crop of talent and the saving on his £110k-per-week wages would go a long way in reinforcing the squad. 

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