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.
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