Arsenal could be facing a selection dilemma at right-back as Spanish starlet Hector Bellerin continues to impress for Arsenal’s under-21 side this season.
Bellerin signed for Arsenal in 2011 from Barcelona’s youth academy, immediately drawing comparisons to Cesc Fabregas who was brought to the club under similar circumstances.
The right back has since grown in to his role for under-21 side and was pivotal in the club’s run to the semi-final of the Next Gen Series. He has looked both solid at the back, and energetic going forward, demonstrating good technical ability, as shown when he scored a brilliant half-volley against Manchester United in the Under-21 Premier League.
It would seem that Bellerin could be coming of age at the right time with rumours suggesting Bacary Sagna could leave the Emirates at the end of the season if his contract situation isn’t resolved.
There are concerns over Sagna’s long-term fitness and the club is reportedly reluctant to offer the Frenchman the two-year deal he is after.
The thought of Sagna leaving will no doubt spark anger from Arsenal fans who are tired of seeing star players leave but with Carl Jenkinson and Bellerin already in the ranks, Sagna may soon be surplus to requirements.
Sagna’s departure would give Jenkinson and Bellerin more first-team playing time to fast-track their development – similar to the situation Ashley Cole found himself in after Sylvinho was sold.
Jenkinson has arguably outperformed Sagna throughout this season when called upon, and has received his first England call-up in the process. Bellerin has excelled since joining Arsenal from Barcelona in 2011.
His great technique and endless energy reserves mean it is only a matter of time before he starts demanding first-team football.
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