With the rumours that Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain have rekindled there interest in Hector Bellerin, the summer would be an opportune time for Arsenal to cash in on the long-serving Spaniard.
Even without the rumoured interest it’s become more evident that Mikel Arteta needs an upgrade in the right-back area, as Hector Bellerin is no longer up to the job on a consistent basis and has declined over the last two seasons, failing to rediscover his 2018/19 form.
This has partly been impacted by the injuries he has sustained, and without his pace returning fully, his limitations have been exposed.
With no signs of improvement, he sadly doesn’t look like the player he seemed destined to become five years ago.
4 potential Hector Bellerin replacements for Arsenal including Max Aarons and Tariq Lamptey
Being frequently caught out of position, easily bullied, poor defending in transition and limited in attack are just a few of the faults I could mention, making him a major scapegoat for fans after our recent results. At 25 years old he’s still a good age and Arsenal will get decent money as he has over two years left on his deal, all of which can be invested well into the team.
Ideally, a right-back. Here are some options to replace him.
Tariq Lamptey – Brighton
It’s been quite a rise for the ex-Chelsea man since he moved to the Amex Stadium last winter, where he has established himself as one of the most promising (and exciting) right-backs in the division ever since.
There are a lot of similarities between Tariq Lamptey and Bellerin when he first burst into the Arsenal team. His main strengths lie with his relentless attacking style, while his pace and dribbling are a key source for most of Brighton’s attacks in Graham Potter’s wing-back system.
Due to his sheer pace he can provide threatening width in advanced where his superb one-on-one ability crossing technique can be utilised.
In terms of negatives, although his pace can help him recover if he’s caught out of position, his size and stature hinder him physically and he is guilty of being too ambitious offensively, which would be an ever greater issue were to he line-up in a back four as opposed to having an extra centre-back to cover.
As revealed, he is among the targets Arsenal have in mind should Bellerin move on.