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'He was one of the best': Sagna thinks key Arsenal player may leave this summer

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Former Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna spoke to Goal about his former understudy Hector Bellerin amid rumours about his future at the Emirates.

The Spaniard has been with us for almost a decade now. He joined as a teenager from Barcelona, made his way into the first-team and is our vice-captain now. He has been a model professional, but his career in North London might be coming to an end.

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CBS Sports claimed recently that Bellerin is considering his future at the Emirates. He was close to leaving Arsenal last summer, but a conversation with Mikel Arteta convinced him to stay for another year.

He will have another conversation with the Arsenal boss soon, but the result might be a different one this time around. He is expected by many to move on this summer, and Sagna is one of them.

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Sagna: Bellerin may leave Arsenal this summer

The Frenchman said: “Hector has been there for years. He started playing not long after I left, so he has been in the team for like six years. And a bit like I felt, he probably feels that he wants to challenge himself because he has been there for a long time.

“It’s nothing to do with the club, nothing to do with winning cups or whatever. At some point, if you want to progress, in my mind you need to go somewhere and challenge yourself and start from zero again. This is how I felt.

“It’s quite tricky as a player. Hector’s still young, he still has five good years to play at the top level and he can do it. So, if he left now, I wouldn’t be surprised.

“I want to give credit to Hector no matter what. He has been criticised a lot. He was one of the best, but he got a big injury and I think people forget that. It’s never easy to get a cruciate ligament [injury] and then come back to your best. He’s coming back to his best now, but it takes time.”

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The Insider’s View:

When he first started, Bellerin had the world at his feet. He was viewed by many as someone with the potential to go on and become one of the best right-backs in the world, but injuries have been very cruel.

He still has the quality to fulfil his potential, but it’s just not happening for him at the moment. Cedric Soares and Calum Chambers have overtaken him in the pecking order in recent weeks as well, which would’ve been hard on Bellerin.

It might just be the right time for the Spaniard to move on. A number of top clubs would love to have him and Arsenal will be able to make some good money off him as well.

Moving on this summer might just be the best thing for all parties involved, and as Sagna said, it wouldn’t be a surprise to anyone to see him leave at the end of this season.

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