Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is not known for spending big in the transfer market but the Frenchman shocked the fans by spending some big money in the summer transfer window recently. He added the likes of Shkodran Mustafi, Granit Xhaka, Lucas Perez and Rob Holding in the summer and is hoping that all his summer buys find some form this season. The manager has been careful in picking his team this season and he has made sure that he has the best personnel playing at every position in the squad. One such player who has been a regular under Wenger for a couple of years now is the Spanish full-back Hector Bellerin.
The Spanish full-back is a product of La Masia, arguably the best academy in the world of football and he has been regularly linked with a move back to the Catalonia in recent times. He has been one of the most consistent players for the club and his performances have helped the club climb the next step this season. The 21-year old is easily one of the fastest defenders in the Premier League and his recent performances have won him a lot of praise from many footballing experts. However, the Gunners were finally able to tie him to the club for the long term with reports revealing that he has signed a new contract extension worth around £100,000-a-week with the club . He is now an integral part of the squad and here is why his contract extension is one of the best things to happen to the club recently.
The manager and the club are sweating over new deals for star players like Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez with neither player putting pen to paper yet. Wenger is not a manager who believes in spending big money and will not risk losing any of his star players. Bellerin and his contract extension will help the manager shift his focus away from the defense. Standing as one of the most consistent defenders in the Premier League at the moment, Bellerin will attract interests from some of the top clubs and Arsenal have done a great job tying him to a long term contract at the club.
Arsenal’s back line has a settled look at the moment and the Spaniard will know that he will have to be at his best to stay in the starting XI at the club. But 11 games into the season, Bellerin has been one of the most effective players in his position since the start of the season and is easily one of the important players for Wenger his season. Has completed more successful dribbles (82) in the PL than any other defender since the start of last season.
He is the first choice right-back for the Gunners who will now not have to spend on a replacement for more than a couple of years. He is close to irreplaceable, and Wenger will be happy that he has signed a contract extension at the Emirates. With Sanchez and Ozil still teasing the club without signing their contracts, Bellerin’s contract extension is the best piece of news for the Gunners recently.
Do you think Bellerin’s new contract is worth the figures mentioned in his contract?