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Italian Giants Register Interest In Arsenal Star: Why Arteta Needs To Cash In On Him?

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Inter Milan are eyeing a swoop for Hector Bellerin. The Arsenal full-back has emerged as an ideal replacement for Achraf Hakimi, who is destined for a move to Paris Saint-Germain. Inter, however, want a loan deal for Bellerin with an option to buy clause embedded in the contract, whereas Arsenal value the player at around €20 million.

Hector Bellerin’s Struggles At Arsenal

Hector Bellerin was once regarded as one of Europe’s most promising right-backs when he made his breakthrough during the 2014/15 campaign. Unfortunately, his progress has since been marred by a series of injuries that has affected not only his game-time but also his speed and fitness.

Primarily known for his pace, Bellerin, in recent years, has clearly endured a steady decline. He is not as lethal as a runner as he used to be, which, in turn, has affected his role at Arsenal, with the player now being considered as a defensive-minded fullback rather than an attacking wingback.

Apart from his pace, the Spaniard has also failed to remain consistent with his performances. He has not impressed as a leader either, playing a part in Arsenal’s mediocrity over the past few years, especially since the departure of Arsene Wenger.

Bellerin has not shown any signs of improvement either, prompting Mikel Arteta to add more competition in the right-back unit by signing Cedric Soares earlier this year while keeping hold of the services of Calum Chambers.

Inter Milan are eyeing a swoop for Hector Bellerin - A player in decline.
April 29, 2021, Villarreal, Spain: Hector Bellerin of Arsenal FC during the Europa League semifinal first leg football match played between Villarreal CF and Arsenal FC at Estadio de la Ceramica on Villarreal, Spain. Villarreal Spain – ZUMAd159 20210429_zia_d159_121 Copyright: xGerardxFrancox

Should Arsenal Cash In On Bellerin?

Arsenal are bracing themselves for a massive overhaul this summer after enduring a difficult 2020/21 season. One of the problem areas for Arteta was the right-back department, with neither Bellerin, Chambers or Cedric convincing.

Bellerin, in particular, has been a disappointment for Arsenal for a few years now. As mentioned earlier, his evident decline over the past few years now makes him almost a liability for the Gunners, especially when considering the fact that he is one of the highest-paid defenders in the Premier League.

Not to mention, Bellerin is a misfit in Arteta’s tactical setup as he cannot operate as a wingback. His departure, therefore, can not only serve as a financial boost for Arsenal but also allow the club to find a more tactically compatible right-back, who can improve the squad rather than becoming a burden.

However, a loan deal does not bode well for the Gunners, knowing they won’t receive the €20 million upfront. The club, therefore, need to convince Inter to sign him on a permanent basis, as they look to fund a move for a new right-back.

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