Date: 15th August 2017 at 1:04pm

By Reece Dixon

There’s been plenty of speculation amongst Arsenal fans as to whether the club need to keep Hector Bellerin.

The 22 year-old who signed a new long-term deal with the Gunners was seemingly flirting with a move to Barcelona this summer, but Arsene Wenger thwarted the La Liga giants’ efforts.

Bellerin is of course a former Barcelona academy player, akin to Cesc Fabregas who was sold to the Catalans in 2011.

Gooners are starting to see a mirroring from Fabregas’ story and Bellerin’s and some believe Arsenal should part ways before things get messy.

This time last year, the idea of selling Bellerin would have been met with outrage from the majority of the fanbase. Though, this time last year the Gunners didn’t have a ready made replacement.

After the Spaniard’s form took a dive last season, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain stepped in to demonstrate his versatility as he claimed the right-wing-back spot his own. The Englishman has been superb in the deeper, more spacious area of the pitch, where he finds more opportunity to get his head down and dribble with the ball.

With the left-footed Sead Kolasinac already showing off his talents, it’s clear the free transfer from Schalke can too become a force down the flank for the Gunners.

Arsene Wenger has seemingly found a wing-back from under his nose and another free of charge. Bellerin’s place shouldn’t just be under threat, but the 22 year-old should now be considered the back up.

Of course the Spaniard is still a tremendous asset to the side, but now the idea of selling him to Barcelona wouldn’t be as disastrous as first feared.

Thoughts, Gooners? Let us know in the comments…


4 responses to “Parting with Bellerin not as bad as first feared, here’s why”

  1. UMOH EKWO says:

    Bellerin is not so super these days. We can’t compare him to the Ox. Arsenal needs a solid right back which Bellerin is not providing.

  2. Davo says:

    You people are mental. Bellerin is superd. He has one or two games where he isn’t world class and people start calling him a backup. Wow. He is 22, massive clubs clamouring for him and now fans see him as a backup?! Mental Arsenal fans…

    And by-the-way can people please PLEASE start pronouncing his name correctly – its been 5+ years now:
    BAY-YER-RIN!!! Double L is a y sound in spanish! get with the program

  3. Gerald Barnes says:

    Some divided opinion on “BAY-YER-RIN” by the look of it… My view is this, Hector is a good player, he’s a far cry from the player he was a couple seasons ago & before the injury that put him out for a bit, then he went through that period of criticism from fans which I believe seriously affected him psychologically, because he has definitely lost something from his game that’s for sure. He’s another one who Arsene protects “like Ozil” as personally, I feel that the Ox is more effective on that right flank, granted the Ox’s defensive capabilities are not the greatest but overall I think he’s the better option to play on the right!
    Hector has a lot to prove this season, especially if he’s to be first choice “Right wing back”!
    I read somewhere that Andres Iniesta protested against the signing of “BAY-YER-RIN” stating that Barca shouldn’t sign him & that “He is not of “Barcelona pedigree”?

  4. Kanz says:

    Since his family went back to Barca, he looks lost. Sell him to the Catalans please, cash in and use the money for transfers. We need Van Djikh and a big defensive midfielder. Sell Welbeck too. He’s not a clinical striker.

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