The Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping that Unai Emery will oversee a new generation of dominance at the Emirates Stadium this summer.
However, the fact that the Gunners have been so unsuccessful for so long cannot be ignored, and our landlord thinks that it’s fair to say that the club are very lucky to have held on to a few their key players for as long as they have. In particular, they think that’s true of Spanish defender Hector Bellerin, who is rated at £36 million by Transfer Markt.
After his departure from Barcelona, Bellerin was one of Europe’s most rapidly-developing players. He quickly moved through the Arsenal developmental ranks, and emerged as arguably the best young full-back in European football. Electric pace, deadly crossing and defensively solid to boot, the Spaniard looked as though he had it all.
However, that development has slowed in recent years, and he’s now no longer even a guaranteed starter at the Emirates Stadium.
It’s tough to pinpoint when exactly that development slowed, but it’s interesting to consider where exactly he would be if he wasn’t still an Arsenal player. It’s fair to say that their style isn’t particularly suited to his qualities. Instead, he’d be right at home at a club like Barcelona – a team in which much of the offensive wide play comes through the full-backs. Obviously, a move back to Spain was potentially on the cards at one point, but he chose to remain – and now that’s quickly looking like a mistake.
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Now, though Emery will likely give him a chance to redeem himself next term, perhaps the Spaniard must reconsider his future. A life away from Arsenal will undoubtedly be challenging, but perhaps it’s best for him.
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