Arsene Wenger has continually said that the most important thing for him this summer is to keep his current group of Arsenal stars together, but with Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and others still entering the final year of their contracts without any agreements in place it is looking even more unlikely that Wenger will get his wish.
We also have the new Bellerin-to-Barcelona rumours, which has the ring of an exact mirror of Cesc Fabregas’ departure back to his hometown. Although Hector has recently signed a long term contract with the Gunners, the Barca star Denis Suarez, who is Bellerin’s international team-mate, has revealed that the right-back is torn between the two clubs.
Suarez told Mundo Deportivo: “I have spoken with Bellerin and on the one hand he wants to come to Barca and on the other he feels tied to the Arsenal. I wish he could come.”
Bellerin’s family moved back to near Barcelona not long ago, and the latest rumours are saying that the youngster has himself now bought a house in the same area, prompting further speculation on his Arsenal exit. But Bellerin himself refused to deny or confirm the rumours after helping Spain beat Macedonia 5-0 in the U21 World Cup. He simply ignored the question and said: “I am totally focused on the U21 team and I do not think about anything beyond the European Championships,”
These rumours simply won’t go away, and surely Bellerin could stop them by simply saying that he is staying at Arsenal, couldn’t he? His silence is worrying….