Has Bellerin’s return to prominence sneaked under the radar? (Opinion)

Hector Bellerin has quietly gone about his business following a number of reports linking him with a move away from Arsenal this summer, and I can’t help but be impressed.

I won’t lie to you, I was very much keen on the Spaniard being allowed to leave this summer, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the thinking to take over the role in the long-term, and with that sale to provide extra funds to bolster other areas.

Arsenal didn’t let us down by bringing in Thomas Partey despite their limited outgoings, and Bellerin has been an integral part of the team thus far, impressing in his wing-back role.

Hector has in fact started each and every Premier League match this term, while Cedric Soares has made very little impression when given the nod to start in the Europa League this week, or in the League Cup against Liverpool.

The Spaniard’s form has even led to both Bukayo Saka and Maitland-Niles to fight for the remaining wing-back role on the left, with both also enjoying an impressive campaign thus far, but little has been said on the 25 year-old’s return to top form.

Bellerin may well be fully settled into the new formation, and his new role as wing-back, and is flourishing once more, and I dare say that he could well be in line for his first return to the PFA Team of the Year since 2016.

Has our right-back’s return to form been understated? Who else is worthy of a mention as standout players so far this season?

Patrick

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22 Comments

  1. S.J says:

    I think he has just started regaining full fitness after his knee injury some years ago.
    His pre-assist for the winning goal in the FA Cup final against Chelsea, was superb, his burst of pace reminded me of the pace he possessed during his early years which is his biggest weapon.

    Every player in the world can not be perfect all games they play, so one or two mistakes will be seen some times.
    Hopefully, Bellerin and all our players gain more fitness, improve, reduce their few mistakes and hope they do not lead to a goal against us.

  2. Goonster says:

    I just love how low our expectations are nowadays. Bellerin has been a joke for a few seasons now but like always he will have a good game here and there and our fans will overhype him.

    He needs to go next summer if we can get some money for him.

    1. Declan says:

      As long as Arteta doesn’t see Cedric as his replacement!
      He was absolute pants last night, not quite as bad as Kolasinac though!

      1. zamind says:

        I dont rate Cedric he have not had a single good game for Arsenal., Bellerin is more intelligent especially when the team is attacking.

        1. Kstix says:

          I guess u didn’t watch his debut game then where he was whipping in crosses and scored from outside the 18 yard box. I think it was when we beat Newcastle 4-0

          1. Joe Allysons says:

            That was like 10 minutes and only one of the crosses connected

          2. zackson88 says:

            his debut game was against borrusia away. he had a poor game

            1. Sue says:

              They’re on about Cedric, when he made his debut against Norwich…

    2. MickGunner says:

      And replace him with who? Sell him and then we’d have to use that same money to buy a new RB or RWB and idk of any in the world that we’d be able to get that would be an upgrade. Stop the nonsense. And LOL to the people saying Cedric should be starting. He wasn’t even good enough for Southampton and will be 30 pretty soon.

  3. ThirdManJW says:

    Have we already forgotten his terrible defending for the City goal? That cost us the game.

    1. zamind says:

      He should be played with a stronger midfielder leaning his side to help in defending. He is good going forward. Wingback is the best position for him I guess

  4. Gunner23 says:

    J.A. Keep it toxic.

  5. Sean M says:

    He’s been kind of hit or miss, especially defensively but there has been steady improvement and he’s not peaked yet. His influence as well as dedication to the team and his own improvement are not to be understated.

    I would, however, like to see AMN promoted above Cedric as second in line.

  6. Sean Williams says:

    We have brought Hector through our Academies, he has stayed loyal and is coming back to full fitness. I think Hector is a symbol of all the good things about our club. He’s intelligent, smart and loyal and seems to have ethics…..something our hierarchy could learn. If you’ve got no ethics then what are you? So I am really glad he is getting himself back to what he was a couple of years ago.

  7. jon fox says:

    Patrick What exactly is this mysrerious “return to form” that you mmention I haveseenonly the completeoposite . Tgis non defendr playing in adefensive position, has NEVER been a proper defendr andneve rhad any formin thr first place to return to.

    I ALSO DON;T BELIEVE FOR ONE MOMENT YOU EVEN BELIEVE WHAT YOU WROTE EITHER.
    YOU HAVE BEEN A WELL KNOWN NON BELLERIN FAN, CORRECTLY , BUT TURNCOATS WHENEVER YOU SNIFF A POSSIBLE ARTICLE, IRRESPECTIVE OF WHETHER THE TRUTH FITS WHAT YOU WRITE.

    1. Admin Pat says:

      Jon, what’s happened to your spell checker lol

      1. SueP says:

        He’s been in the Sherry!

      2. jon fox says:

        I never bother with a spell checker Pat. I have known how to spell since my first decade of life and do not need one. But I type far too quickly and on occasions I just don’t bother to correct the constant typos that my older fingers make. Simple as that.

        More than that , my English is so good that I can hear someone speak any word aloud and instantly, without pause, correctly tell anyone who is interested- most are not, needless to add – exactly how many letters that word contains.

        Thanks for your concern and I ASSUME, RIGHTLY OR WRONGLY, THAT IT WAS GENUINE!

  8. Gily says:

    He blows hot and cold. I think Cedric is keeping him to his toes otherwise he was only stagnating and becoming worse.

  9. Shakir says:

    He needs to work on his defending…

    But the part he played in aubas goal yesterday, the run and tge pass shows that he has a strong attavking side to him.

  10. gunnerforlife says:

    Bellerin is great going forward, but needs to work on his defending. Hope MA looks at that. Also, I feel AMN is better suited as a backup to Bellerin rather than Cedric. The good thing about AMN is that he is versatile and can play anywhere across the back five or in the midfield. By the way, what a player is Patrick Bamford, a hattrick against the high flying Villians. Who was in their goal, Martinez?

    1. Sue says:

      May as well burn the form book this season! Crazy results!!

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