The football media has decided to give the Arsenal fans a big scare with some sensationalised headlines suggesting that the Gunners could be on the verge of losing our young Spanish right back Hector Bellerin to his boyhood club Barcelona, where he spent his formative years at their famous La Masia academy.
Many papers and sports websites, including the Daily Star, have quoted the talented 20-year old and claimed that it could signify an imminent transfer back to La Liga. It would not be the first time something like this happened, as Cesc Fabregas’ return to Chelsea reminded us all how he finally forced his way out of Arsenal and back to Barca.
Bellerin said, “I am good at Arsenal, but you do not know what the future may hold.
“The Arsenal is giving me everything I am with amazing players. I do not think about the future. I just started.
“I thank the people who speak well of me, but I’m only in the beginning. What has to arrive, will arrive.”
I think the English media is reading everything into the first line and conveniently ignoring the rest. While Bellerin is not ruling out a move to another club, not just Barcelona, at some point in his career, he makes it clear that he is happy where he is and is only taking the first real steps of his professional footballing life.
The fact that he has been given such a great chance this season and is so well thought of by the club and the fans, with Wenger set to offer him a nice new contract, means that he will be focused on keeping up his form and improvement and working under the Frenchman. And the way Fabregas floundered at Barca and had to leave will not have escaped his notice either. They are an unforgiving bunch of fans to players being brought in.
And if you need another reason to stay calm on the Bellerin situation, just remember that Barca are still under a transfer embargo that means they cannot register any new players until next year. Is Bellerin really going to give up playing for almost a year just when he is going well? Barca will need a right back from their current squad and then they will look for a tried and tested player with experience if necessary. Relax Gooners, our super speedy Spaniard is not going anywhere, at least not yet!