If there’s one summer transfer that every Arsenal fan is certain about, it’s Hector Bellerin leaving the club. Mikel Arteta, however, has rubbished speculation surrounding the right-back’s future in his press conference today.
CBS Sports claimed two months ago that the Spaniard is considering his future at the club. Fabrizio Romano has claimed over 20 times that Bellerin will leave as well, but Arteta has surprised us all today.
The Gunners boss was asked about his compatriot’s future beyond the end of this season and Arteta claimed that Bellerin, like everyone else who has a contract, will remain at the Emirates.
He said, as per Arsenal.com: “Hector is not fit [for Sunday] so he will not be playing the last time. Like everybody that has a contract, he remains here (beyond the end of this season).”
Is Arteta really planning to keep Bellerin?
It really is hard to believe that Bellerin will be at Arsenal next season. The Spaniard has played three games in the Premier League in the last three months, and it’s clear as day that Arteta prefers Calum Chambers over him at right-back.
So, why has Arteta come out and claimed the complete opposite? It’s simple – to protect Bellerin’s value.
You can’t expect any club to get a good fee for a player after a manager publicly puts him up for sale. Arteta knows that very well, and that is arguably why he decided to say what he said about his compatriot’s future.
We still believe that Bellerin is guaranteed to leave Arsenal at the end of this season. He has given his all for us for years, and it’s the right time for both parties to part ways.
Bellerin, 26, is still a brilliant player. He will surely be one of the best right-backs in whatever league he ends up in, and it won’t be a surprise to see a big club from another country come in with a bid for him in the very near future.