Bellerin has to leave Arsenal but who can afford it?
Spain right-back Hector Bellerin was a target to return to Barcelona for many years and has also been linked with PSG sacks of cash in recent transfer windows but they just bought Achraf Hakimi instead. It looks like Arsenal are now happy to let him go, there don’t seem to be any big clubs interested anymore!
The Spaniard has been with us for ten years now and until a few years ago he was considered a world class winger but injuries slowed him down and he has only made 25 league starts during the last two seasons. Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit definitely thinks it’s time for Hector to leave. “It’s time for Hector Bellerin to leave Arsenal,” he told Paddy Power (as reported in the mirror).
“His stay there was very complicated because of the injuries. I can’t remember the last time he played an entire season without injury, that was the main problem for him.
“He needs to improve his skills. When you play at a high level, you have to play every three days. That’s not the case with him, and I haven’t seen any improvement in terms of the game. ”
But who’s going to get rid of him, considering the transfer fees we’ve come to expect and the big pay he gets from the Gunners. There was talk of Real Betis bringing him back to Spain, but I really don’t think they could afford it even if they wanted to. Most of the rumors were about Italian champions Inter Milan, but they themselves also suffer from financial difficulties and are only interested in a one-year loan. Their Chinese owners are losing money hand in hand and recently saw their stocks frozen due to a mountain of debt.
Arsenal is in desperate need of funds to pay for their own goals, and with none of our sales or loans bringing in much capital, it looks like Arsenal may have to hold onto Bellerin unless we get a big cash offer, but if it is only used as a backup, its value will drop even more I imagine.
Have we waited a year too long to unload Bellerin?