Why Arsenal holding on to Bellerin amidst Italian interest is a no-brainer
A report from the Sun suggests that Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin could move to Italy after his agent revealed that a Serie A club has shown interest.
The £100,000-a-week Spaniard is under contract until 2023 and only recently returned from a long-term injury. He made his first start in the league this season in Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat to Leicester City last Saturday.
A product of La Masia, Bellerin switched to the Arsenal youth set-up in 2011 and had his breakthrough with their first-team in 2014. Since then, he has made 186 appearances for the Gunners.
However, he endured a massive setback with a cruciate ligament rupture that kept him away from the pitch since January 2019.
Since his debut for Arsenal, he has established himself as one of the best right-backs in the Premier League whilst winning two FA Cups and one Community Shield.
The 24-year-old’s pace and ability to take on the opposition is admirable as well.
As a matter of fact, Unai Emery has only one other option at right-back – Calum Chambers. Letting Bellerin move to the Serie A wouldn’t be wise, especially since the Gunners do not have too many players for that position.
Arsenal’s defensive woes continue to grow and the likes of David Luiz and Sokratis have conceded more than they should have this season. Having conceded 16 times in 12 games so far, it does not reflect well for a team aiming for a top-four finish.
Now that Bellerin has returned from injury, Emery must provide him with enough chances to regain his rhythm.
The Spaniard, 24, is still young and has a handful of experience. If he is nurtured well, Bellerin’s displays could potentially help Arsenal overcome their tough times.
Emery is already under immense pressure after a four-game winless run. The Gunners have slipped to 6th position after their abysmal performance and Bellerin, along with Emery, has a lot of work to do to.
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In this situation, Arsenal cannot simply let Bellerin move to the Serie A. The 24-year-old knows the club inside out and his presence on the pitch could prove to be vital.
Bellerin has a volume of experience under his belt as well and thus, Emery must retain him at all costs.