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Why The Arsenal Fans Can Stop Worrying About Their Indispensable Star’s Future

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Arka Tarun Mukherjee
Arsenal fan and football expert, Arka Tarun Mukherjee actually used to play cricket at semi pro level. An ardent student of football tactics, ATM is very passionate about the tactical aspects of the game and has a dream of being a football manager in the future.

There has been a lot of speculation regarding the future of Arsenal right back Hector Bellerin in the last few months. Bellerin has enjoyed a rapid rise in his career and is one of latest names to get into the first team from the Arsenal academy having joined in 2011 as a 16-year old from Barcelona. Arsene Wenger handled the right back with care and made sure that he develops into the exciting player he is at the moment, by continuously making the right calls at crucial junctures.

Bellerin got the first taste of competitive a fixture when he appeared against West Brom in the third round of the League Cup back in 2013. The youngster made a single appearance for the Gunners in that season before being sent was out on loan in the Championship with Watford where he made 8 appearances.

2014/15 was his breakthrough year as the injuries to Calum Chambers and Mathieu Debuchy paved the way for him into the first team and since then, the 21-year old has never looked back. His brilliant displays for Arsenal caught the attention of the other clubs especially Barcelona, who once again have tried hard to lure him back to his homeland exploiting the method they used with Cesc Fabregas.

Being a former player of the Barcelona academy and having a Spanish nationality, it is always tempting but Bellerin is not like the others and has been very pragmatic about a move to the Blaugrana. He is wise enough to analyse that moving to Barcelona might not be the best for his career when he has got everything he needs at the moment at the Emirates.

There are several examples in the past of an Arsenal player moving out of the club and regretting the decision later, Bellerin is someone who has analysed the situation practically and has been very clear to mention time and again that his home is in England at the moment and his future rests with the North London club.

Arsenal's Spanish defender Hector Bellerin (L) vies with Burnley's Scottish midfielder George Boyd during the English Premier League football match between Burnley and Arsenal at Turf Moor in Burnley, north west England on October 2, 2016. / AFP / Lindsey PARNABY / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images)

Barcelona themselves have a talented right fullback in Sergi Roberto playing for them in the first team since the departure of Dani Alves but are keen to add another one to give him some competition.

While according to recent reports of the Catalan club scouting Valencia right back Joao Cancelo will be very encouraging for the Gunners, there are also talks of Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola targeting Bellerin for the next summer transfer window to overhaul his defensive options at The Etihad.

Arsene Wenger has also taken the initiative to ward off those interests with plans of offering the fullback a mega five year contract. Bellerin has always been a player who seems grateful towards the club and the manager for giving him the chances to show his talents to the world from an early age.

At a time when he has almost a guaranteed place in the first eleven being a fan favourite, as a player who loves the club and the English culture, Arsenal fans need not worry about the future of Bellerin just yet, who is likely to stay at the Emirates for a long time and be one of the stalwarts of the club in the future.

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