Signing for Arsenal as a youth from FC Barcelona, much was hoped for with Hector Bellerin. The Spaniard has long been regarded as one of the best young full-backs of his generation, but found his form fluctuating wildly in North London. Despite having a former Barcelona player as coach in Mikel Arteta, it was clear that both player and coach never really clicked or seen eye-to-eye. So, a loan deal was arranged to join boyhood club Real Betis.
As the club of his family, Bellerin was desperate to make good on lost time and show European football what he is all about. in a tremendous season for Los Verdiblancos, sitting fifth in the league and having won the Copa del Rey, Bellerin can point to what has been a rather incredible period of progress for himself. Winning a cup, just the third in the history of the club, is a momentous achievement.
To win the cup in Seville, though, marks each member of the squad down as a victorious legend. And whilst crashing out of the UEFA Europa League and missing out on a potential hometown final would have been the stuff of legends, Bellerin and co. have made sure they are regarded as among the best Beticos in modern history.
Now, the player looks set to try and stay in the league – and preferably with Betis. The club are keen to make a deal happen, and hope to use the funds from their European progress – and future qualification next season – to make the deal possible. Bellerin celebrated wildly with fans and his teammates after the cup win, and looks keener than ever to stick around in Spain. Arsenal, then, could lose yet another key talent ahead of time.
Arsenal set to lose several former key cogs in summer?
As a club in constant change and flux, Arsenal are looking at some major developments this summer. A host of players are expected to be moved on as Arteta continues to flex his muscle. However, it looks like several other young cogs could move on this summer, too. One player who looks almost certain to leave is that of William Saliba.
Despite being signed for a massive fee, Saliba has never played a senior game for the Gunners of note. He now looks set to move on from the club entirely, with his deal ending in 2024. Loans at OGC Nice and now Olympique de Marseille have been hugely successful for the player. OM are keen to make the signing permanent, but would need both UEFA Champions League football and some windfall cash from player sales to make it so.
Other clubs, though, such as Atletico Madrid, are keen to pounce on the powerful French centre-half. With Arsenal already almost certain to lose Bellerin, another young player who was expected to be a key part of the club for years to come is set to depart and create yet another hole in the first-team picture.
Upon signing, Saliba and Bellerin were supposed to be the future. Now, they very much look like the future of other clubs, not Arsenal. To get the information on how it affects the betting market please visit Freesuperbets tipsters portal to get the latest betting tips and football match previews.