Why Hector Bellerin should leave Arsenal at season's end
For Hector Bellerin his time at Arsenal has gone from sweet to sour. What was meant to be a fairy-tale story of the ‘boy from Barcelona at the Emirates’ has turned into a ‘Spaniard’s nightmare in London’. What promised to be a career of trophies, good football and a close relationship with a legendary manager has turned out anything but. As a player, Bellerin hasn’t improved, his team no longer play good football and it’s reported he’s not on good terms with Arsene Wenger either. All these factors point in the direction of one outcome.
If all that wasn’t enough, the Spaniard’s recent comments about ArsenalFanTV have only further enraged the Arsenal faithful. To add to that, a recording of the 22-year-old supposedly expressing his desire to leave the Emirates was leaked over the internet. Neither the player or the club have come out address the audio.
Since debuting for the first team in 2014, Hector Bellerin has played 150 matches in which he’s firmly established himself as Arsenal’s first-choice right-back. In that time, he’s won two FA Cups and two Community Shields under Arsene Wenger. Success is a relative term and not winning the Premier League or Champions League hasn’t sat well with Bellerin or the fans. The Spaniard seemingly believes he could play for a title-winning team while the fans believe he hasn’t played his part either.
Relations have become so severed that there’s really no future for Bellerin at the club. The fans aren’t behind him anymore and the manager doesn’t seem to know how to develop him further as a player. With his frightening speed and competent technical ability, Bellerin could play for most teams in the world, so a move in the summer is highly likely.
Where could he go?
The Italian powerhouse is in the middle of a major transition period at the San Siro. More money has led to new signings but not yielded the expected results in the league. Milan currently sits 7th in the Serie A table, 25 points off leaders Napoli.
If Gennaro Gattuso’s men want to be competing alongside Europe’s elites again, they must begin to upgrade their personnel, starting with defence. Mattia De Sciglio & Ignazio Abate have both been at the club for years, with neither really becoming world class. Bellerin has the potential to be world class, at the San Siro he could reach that potential.
Bellerin shouldn’t look at a return to the Nou Camp as a failure, instead, he should look at it as a victorious conquest. He left Catalonia to join Arsenal at a time when Dani Alves was the undisputed king at right-back. So, at Arsenal, he was able to get ample amounts of playing time at a high level and now he’s back from his loan spell, ready to be Barcelona’s first choice right-back. Of course, he’d have stiff competition in the form of Nelson Semedo, but from Ernesto Valverde’s point of view, you can never have too many quality players