The Arsenal fans have been drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern this week after watching their side suffer successive 3-0 defeats against Manchester City in the space of just 5 days, and consequently, the supporters are beginning to debate how their club can improve next season.
Arsene Wenger’s position as manager of Arsenal Football Club has been a dominant topic of conversation amongst The Gunners faithful propping up our bar for longer than many can remember. The Frenchman has endured enough dark moments over the course of the last half decade or so to know that his job security is not as fragile as some pundits and supporters would like to make out, but the tide has begun to turn against him once again this week after two bitterly disappointing results against Manchester City.
However, amongst all the speculation regarding Wenger’s future there seems to be an apparent lack of scrutiny shown towards the players who deserve to take a large portion of accountability for Arsenal’s decline in recent years. One player who Wenger has remained loyal to throughout the season so far, despite displaying a series of average performances for The Gunners is Hector Bellerin.
The vast majority of supporters predicted a huge future for the Spanish full-back when he broke into Arsenal’s first-team as an 18-year-old during the 2014/15 season, but fast-forward 4 years and it’s impossible to argue that he has developed into the world class player he was expected to become. Some would hold Wenger responsible for Bellerin’s stagnation, but regardless of the reasoning behind his mediocre performances, the club would be wise to cash in on the 22-year-old this summer.
According to The Guardian, Bellerin is exploring the possibility of embarking a new challenge this summer, with Juventus keen on securing a deal to bring him to Serie A. The same report claims that Arsenal will demand £45 million for his signature – a fee which is ambitious considering his lacklustre form this season, but not unreasonable in the current market.
In a year when Arsenal have been busy in the transfer market with players moving in both directions from the club, a deal which saw Bellerin swap London for Turin in a £45 million deal would be by far the shrewdest piece of business Wenger has conducted so far. Some may argue that Bellerin’s potential is worth far more than £45 million, but another abject season under a different manager would cause his stock to fall dramatically, so the club should cash in on him this summer before Juventus have a change of heart.