Bellerin talks about Barcelona interest, but …

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Wenger drops hint over Bellerin deal

Hector Bellerin has done an interview with El Mundo Deportivo, which is due to be published tomorrow (Wednesday).

The Catalan newspaper is teasing some snippets from it, and as you would expect a Barcelona friendly newspaper has asked a former Barcelona youth player about the possibility of returning to the club one day.

And also as you might expect from a polite young man who realises that one day he might like go go back and play for his hometown club, it’s best to answer in a vaguely positive manner while stressing his focus on his current club.

“Any player would flattered by the interest of Barcelona,” he said, “they are the best club in the world.

“The fact that I grew up in the Barca academy also makes it a bit more special, although now I’m focused on the this season and the rest will come later.

“When I left Barcelona my idea was not to return, because my departure was a bit complicated.

“Other players leave saying that they want to return one day but I left to live an experience in England, to try to be a footballer and not return.

“But you do not know what the future holds and you cannot close any doors.”

So, fairly bog-standard stuff. He’s not going to say ‘I never want to play for Barcelona’, but even if they play that particular bit up it’s not as if he’s issued a come-and-get-me either.

Bellerin also speaks about Arsene Wenger and how he has a special attachment to the manager who gave him his chance at Arsenal.

“The loyalty I have to him is worth more than money,” he said. “It’s very important for me, the fact that he is there carries a lot of weight for me.”

So, nothing to get knickers in a twist about. The full interview is published tomorrow, if there’s anything more interesting in that we’ll bring it to you here.

For now, here’s a picture of an adorable puppy because I think we could all use that right now.

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BrewCityGunners
BrewCityGunners

That puppy is akin to a Jeffery Dahmer of puppydom.

correction: a Ted Bundy of puppydom.

IamaGoober
IamaGoober

I’d genuinely be surprised if we hold on to him this summer because if Arsenal have another shit season next year, then that move to Barca might not be there for him.

So I think that’s him gone.

Public Elneny Number One
Public Elneny Number One

love Hector, love how he talks in his North London spanglish accent innit

Man Manny
Man Manny

We need another full back to help him develop at a healthy pace. The burden on his young shoulders is quite enormous.

Arsene's Coat
Arsene's Coat

I agree, especially since I feel like he didn’t have adequate time to recover from the minor concussion he probably got from elbow to the head in the Chelsea match.

He shouldn’t have been under that much pressure to perform to a good standard after that incident.

Bill
Bill

Out of all that reading, i say Thumbs up to that dog ??

Dawn
Dawn

Good lad, classy, intelligent and loyal too. Well said Hector ?

Heavenly Chapecoense
Heavenly Chapecoense

I read between the lines: I have loyalty to Wenger but let’s see what is going to happen at the end of season. If he leaves, I will use that as the reason to go to Barcelona.

Clins
Clins

I too sense a similar vibe. Let’s hope that is not the case

lanre
lanre

Lose the long hair, man.

Greg
Greg

More puppies! Its the only way to salvage this shit storm

Liam Bradys left peg
Liam Bradys left peg

Blah blah blah. Is that a german shepherd? Ahhhh

Hunter
Hunter

I think we should cash in now and keep that self sustainable business model rockin n a rollin

lanre
lanre

Lose the long hair, mate.

Bosscielny
Bosscielny

His performances have dropped since that shit haircut.

Get a haircut Hector ffs.

Phil sadler
Phil sadler

He will be gone at the end of the season like any other player that has sense and wants to play for a decent team that will win and compete for trophies.

Bellerin is a good player but I wouldn’t hold it against him if he left as if I was an arsenal player I would be out and looking to play for a decent team.

Heavenly Chapecoense
Heavenly Chapecoense

Because the players are not responsible for games we lost? If Arsenal isn’t a decent, why would its players be decent players wanted elsewhere.

Donald's Trumps
Donald's Trumps

Cos we have a crap manager.

Nickgooner
Nickgooner

Well we should all be grateful he left there under complicated circumstances, otherwise I think he’d be seriously considering that move and could anyone blame him?

Well, they wouldn’t till he leaves there and joins fucking Chelsea!

CLOCKENdRIDER
CLOCKENdRIDER

I wonder how long it will take for the scum press and clickbait merchants to spin this into “Bellerin wants Barca” headlines, completely ignoring minor details like, you know, the words used in the interview.

Alex
Alex

*swoon*

vino
vino

Would have to question the timing of the interview tbqh. Why would you do it now. At maybe the lowest point, surely his lowest point. You’d surely cancel it, not line it up, give it a miss, tell your agent it’s not a good idea, tell your media manager to rearrange it to a later date, or whatever the hell else logic would normally deem appropriate here. So with that in mind, you’d maybe be wondering if the timing is intentional.

Like what reaction is he looking for here? Assuming he knows that this will be played out in our rabid media over the next few days. Hmmmm Hector. Hmmm. Do not enjoy.

Ozilicious !
Ozilicious !

I’m sure these interviews are booked in weeks ahead. Doubt they’re checking results waiting for the bad run to then asking him questions about where he grew up etc …….. it’s not some twat from talksport!

José P
José P

Current players, former players, managers from all places…. They all speak with great words for Arsene. My respect for the man he is, will never be diminished. My beloved Arsenal should not have come to this, please Arsene, for the sake of Arsenal, figure out a way out of this deep ***

santori
santori

I think he is more likely to go if the gaffer leaves.

He has a healthy dose of Arsenal DNA to compensate for the defective Catalan DNA he would have learnt doesn’t inspire loyalty from what Fabregas experienced.

Alexis would have also given him warning of how his game could hit a road block from his time at Barca.

Bottom line, Wenger is more (TOO) loyal to his projects than Barca would be for all their “More than a Club” rethoric.

santori
santori

The other thing is even IF Wenger announced he was retiring, we are in no position to appoint a successor as none of those potentials that are engaged are in position to announce anything.

It will simply daisy chain the departure speculations of Ozil and Alexis which will cast even more doubt in the rest of the squad (like Bellerin), circle the vultures.

Do we need this? I think not.

Heavenly Chapecoense
Heavenly Chapecoense

Please spare me the Sanchez and Ozil will leave thing. Aren’t them part of the failing team? Ozil is responsible for where we are as anybody else. Sanchez maybe is scoring most goals but he is no good leader and we started losing games when he started his bad attitude. There was one year were Adebayor scored more goals than Sanchez is doing now so it is not just about goals. Seems that Sanchez contributed to the bad atmosphere between players and therefore bad performance than anybody else.

DanJGooner
DanJGooner

clickbaiiit

santori
santori

I think there is a bit more invention of crisis at Arsenal as per usual than need be.

Sure we are in a bit of a deep hole at the moment.

1) The results 4 at a trot have been poor and takes some turning around.

2) We stand to lose two of our best players this summer.

3) The manager has lost the faith of a large swath of the fans (Possibly some of the team too)

BUT we are not the disaster (yet) many would deem to paint us in the press and certain segments of the fan base.

FIRSTLY is to turn the results around and finish strong in league, garner enough to qualify for CL and put us in decent stead for the summer rebuild. This is priority.

SECONDLY whether the manager leaves this summer or the next, depends on forthcoming competitiveness IMO particularly BOTH matches against City in the league and more crucially in the cup.

THIRDLY the board is doing the right thing. It should not weigh in till the season’s finish has more clarity. In that time, silence does not necessarily mean there are no preperations behind the scene. Conversely the Board may feel it is counter productive to announce anything. Firstly they are NOT in control of how the manager should feel. Secondly they are right in affording him due respect as he has (despite his failings) not been ANY ordinary manager for us. Class is important.

Nothing is going to be resolved even IF Arsene announces tommorow he will quit at end of season.

In fact if he says that, I suspect it will make it even more difficult as we will now have speculation on the succession not to mention the Alexis/Ozil ‘crisis will reach epedemic every day news speculation proportion to a media ll too eager to seed dissent within this club.

IF Wenger should decide to stay on, some segments of the fan base will be unhappy anyway.

The results speak for themselves.

Keep it simple.

Instead of imagining every ill and problematic non conspiracy, what is important first and foremost is we find a way to work a better midfield and start grinding out wins.

There’s nothing more to it.

No amount of empty sweet nothings from the board or Silent Stan will apeace some fans anyway.

santori
santori

As far as this summer is concern, IF he should decide to stay on for a transitional season, Wenger needs to think bigger and throw a bit of caution to the wind.

He has steadily started adding last summer two premium priced players instead of one in 2013 and 2014 (2015 being an inexplicable fallow year for additions)

BUT should he (likely lose BOTH Ozil and Alexis) IMO he needs to add at least 4 quality signings to see any chance of turning things around in his testimonial year.

I would add either of Greizzman (unlikely if we do not make top 4 and even so…) or Mahrez for Alexis.

Wenger should also try and secure the future of the frontline in Mbappe in plcae of the one dimensional Walcott.

Ozil will be a harder one to replace as there isn’t many in his class on market. If we should lose him to say PSG, maybe a swap/make weight deal with say Pastore could suffice.

BUT it will also mean we should add on in deep midfield, particularly the ball carrier role with Santi having no one close to replicating his close control/ball retention skills. Danish U21 Billings at Huddersfield is a promising prospect and likely 10-15m max but Saul at Athletico to me has the sort of dribbling gift married with hard grit we will need to add better balance between enterprise going forward and defensive awareness.

Rback I think we should consider Calum coming back in and reverting to the natural role he played for Soton so successfully before Wenger had project in mind to turn him into Cback (particularly since he has so astutely bought Holding)

Lback could be more problematic. I think the promising Cohen Brammel should be 1 or 2 seasons on loan away still. Do we persist with Gibbs who has the pace but not the guile or Monreal who has the knowledge but is an aging asset? A suprise low price buy/punt could be a possibility if not we may have to labour through with both as we have IMO greater priorities in many positions this summer.

Finally Ospina. I think he is suspect commanding his box. Cech is also aging albeit still good for another 2 to 3 seasons. The time may be ripe to recycle Szsc back into the squad as he has gained reasonable experience on loan and matured.

Out –

Walcott (Some goals here and there but largely too one dimensional and he lacks guile which if our chief weapon is your pace at 27/28yrs when it will start to wane, not good)

Jack – Has some of the ball carrying abilities and in truth Wenger should have put his foot down and kept him from going out on loan but injury prone. I would keep Ramsey ahead of him. The Welshman has been poor this season but I suspect he needs to be played in the Ozil position where it seems natural for him to attack the box with less risk to dereliction of defensive end work. Plus he is a versatile asset.

Elneny – If there is no buyer for him, keep him on as someone content to come off the bench but a mediocre asset to say the least.

Jenko – Not Arsenal quality. I get the sentiment he is one of us but quality is quality and Jenko lacks technical skills sufficient to add to the team. Even Gabriel is better in an unfamiliar position says it all.

Debucchy – Aging asset, not available, distracted. Get rid of him.

Metersecker – Captain’s armband. Has been instrumental to the club but the Cback situation with Koscielny, Mustafi, HOlding and Gabriel looks very secure now.

As mentioned Ospina. Maybe Gibbs.

Also Possibly Perez but only should a club come in for him at 22m ball park.

If he leaves and we have two additions (Say Mbappe and Mahrez) I think we have sufficient with the Ox also deserving of a start (Iwobi can cycle through midfield or wide position) not to mention Welbeck.

Asano the Japanese Pocket battle ship should IMO get a go at the squad. He won;t be first choice but should get a shout at sneaking into the line up with the Jeff IMO better served out on loan for some life lessons.

If Perez should stay, he will add to redundancy with Giroud and Welbeck up top. The Frenchman we should keep for another season or so, thankfully his game is not based on pace and he adds something different to our attacking tools.

It won’t be an easy summer to say the least but IF we should make our minimum and get CL spot, we can rebuild. Depends if Wenger has the gumption or is going to be a victim of his own spendthrift ways.

Alas, the later is a recommendation for a new approach. If he can rise above himself in his penultimate season (no more projects Wenger), he may stand a good chance of bowing out with a bit of success which frankly he deserves.

Jack p
Jack p

I keep hearing this one dimensional Walcott thing and that he should be sold etc…. imagine our league position this season without his goals.

ClockEndRider
ClockEndRider

Imagine our league position if we played with 11 footballers rather than 10 and a bloke who hides, can’t control a football and occasionally turns up.

Vespertillio
Vespertillio

Not a dog man but that lawn looks well manicured

santori
santori

As far as playmakers are concern, I don’t think Juventus will relinquish the likes of Pjanic so easily.

Another option besides the swap deal for Pastrore should Ozil go to PSG in first place is Ganso at Sevilla whom we should be able to pry away fro the right (high) amount but it may mean Wenger will possibly not add a 4th premium signing.

Iwobi and Ramsey can also play as playmaker but I feel Iwobi needs another season or two under the belt to fully understand the role . Ramsey can be effective as he demonstrated some seasons past but I think we lack guile in this current squad with Wenger’s home grown focus/project.

Players like Mbappe, Mahrez, Pastore, Saul, Greizzman, Billings, Ganso I like because they have the technical skills to elevate us somewhat as we are now facing a league that have caught up wtih us and reduce deficit in this area.

Alexis and Ozil departure will reduce our creativity further if we do not add suffciently to replace/enhance.

We need more guile and invention to our play again.

Southpaw
Southpaw

Please make the next puppy more adorable. Thats all we have

Mike
Mike

Needs to improve his defending. Not sure Arsene is the coach to do that for him.

Gooner in NY
Gooner in NY

If Robert Pires was a puppy, what would he be? Sir Blogs must know.

You see, it’s important questions like this that distract me from the clusterfuck* that is Ashburton Grove… Yesterday’s Arsecast was a very very good edition that left me as depressed as all heck.

*”Clusterfuck = Military term for an operation in which multiple things have gone wrong. Related to “SNAFU” (Situation Normal, All Fucked Up”) and “FUBAR” (Fucked Up Beyond All Repair).” Sums it all up rather…

Paul
Paul

Lovely stuff from Hector.
Where is Bowie in the picture Blogs? 🙂

Possession
Possession

He’ll be off.

Igbo Amadi-Obi
Igbo Amadi-Obi

Two things for me. And it unlikely that blogs missed it:) One is that he was vehement in the past about not returning to Barca. He never suggested it was a possibility, obviously because he was used as makeweight for Fabregas at a very young age and againt his will. But there is clearly a softening of position. “I am focused on this season” means that I can leave by the summer.

The second point is that Bellerin just declared an Ozil-like support for Wenger. The type that comes with a subtle threat. “The fact that he [Wenger] is there holds a LOT of weight for me”, simply means, “I will have a completely different attitude to things if he ceases to be there”. This is a very weighty interview, and many will see the hand of the Arsenal PR department in it, rather than their Barca counterparts.

richardanus
richardanus

Sell the fucking lot of them. And buy lots of puppies.

Goon
Goon

I don’t think Barcelona will be as good in a few years as they are now. Surely players like Messi come along only once in a blue moon?

GunnerYY
GunnerYY

One thing i want him to learn is how to make a good cross, i dont know why but our LB and RB are bad at crossing, bad coaching or lack of training might be the cause. Maybe their training too much focus on 1-2 short pass. Especially Bellerin, he has a good pace, if he can master the art of crossing(lol), he could be a scary RB.

Pauline Grandison
Pauline Grandison

Be careful Bellerin, the same thing that happened to Fabregas the same will happen to you, bearing in mind the current manager is leaving, and if he buy you, you might not be in the new manager plan!! Be wise!!

William Brooks
William Brooks

thank fuck for puppies

Ex-Priest Tobin
Ex-Priest Tobin

Any players who are so desperate to see Wenger stay can fuck right off with him.

Jimbo
Jimbo

I see this adorable dog and for some unfathomable reason, I see Franny Jeffers in my head. Huh?