Hector Bellerin is set to open new talks with Arsenal after the international break, with a significant pay-rise set to be included. The 21 year-old has been hugely impressive since breaking through into the first-team in 2014 thanks to an injury to Mathieu Debuchy, and has not looked back since.
The last Premier League game that Arsenal played was widely talked about in the football media and was recognised as being a massive one for the Gunners and for Arsene Wenger, as it was against one of our big EPL title rivals and because Chelsea had that remarkable recent record against us.
While things are looking pretty flippin’ good from an Arsenal point of view right now, with a decent draw against Reading at home for the next round of the EFL cup as well as a good chance of topping our Champions League group and winning the last four Premier League games in a row, the Gunners are still faced with the worrying fact that we are still five points behind the current league leaders.
If Arsenal keep playing the way he have been doing in the last three games, with 11 goals and some very impressive football in the last three games, then the international break coming up will be even more unwelcome than usual. Before the Gunners join up with their respective national sides there is a Champions League game at home to Basel and then a trip to Burnley in the Premier League.
Alexis Sanchez is believed to be a target for Manchester City in January, and having failed to agree terms with Arsenal over a new contract, may be able to force his own exit.
The Chilean is claimed to be a target for the Gunners’ rivals Man City, who are managed by the player’s former boss Pep Guardiola currently.
It was a couple of season´s ago that Arsenal fans, well me at least, were just starting to worry about the possibility of another club matching our unbelievable achievement of going through a whole Premier League season without losing a game. An unbeaten league season had been done before but not since Preston North End managed it in the inaugural football league season in 1888-89.
Arsenal have started slowly before but even with some players coming back late after the summer tournaments of Euro 2016 and the Copa America and with the late additions at the end of the transfer window having to settle in, you would have thought that we would be getting up to speed by now.
If Arsenal do as we expect them to this weekend and run out as winners of the home game against a struggling Southampton side getting used to their new manager Claude Puel, while he gets used to the English Premier League for the first time, then we will be heading into the next round of matches a bit closer to at least one of our big spending Premier League rivals.