Speculation doing the rounds in the media on Monday suggests that Hector Bellerin is ready to consider a departure from Arsenal this summer.
Spanish stopper Bellerin was of course back in action on Sunday evening.
Mikel Arteta’s Gunners welcomed Manchester City to north London, for a highly-anticipated Premier League clash.
Arsenal headed into proceedings as heavy underdogs to emerge victorious, with Manchester City of course in the midst of a historic spell of form.
As such, it did not come as too much of a surprise when the Sky Blues added to their 17-game win streak at the expense of their hosts at the Emirates, a little over 24 hours ago.
A solitary goal – netted by Raheem Sterling inside 120 seconds – eventually proved telling, to restore City’s 10-point lead atop the Premier League table:
🎙 | “It’s a brutal start from Manchester City!”
Raheem Sterling nods in the opener after less than 2 minutes – what a start! ⏰
📺 Watch on Sky Sports PL
📱 Follow #ARSMCI here: https://t.co/EbUsG6S1Mk
📲 Download the @SkySports app! pic.twitter.com/7JCLBEuXp4
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) February 21, 2021
Despite their side’s eventual defeat, a large share of Arsenal’s fans, though, actually revealed their happiness with the display of Mikel Arteta’s men on Sunday.
The capital giants could easily have capitulated after conceding such an early goal, but, to their credit, stood tall, to remain in with a chance of securing a point throughout proceedings.
One of a small selection of players, however, who was nevertheless singled out for criticism on the part of the Gunners faithful in the aftermath of the clash, was Hector Bellerin.
The Spaniard struggled to combine with Nicolas Pepe down the hosts’ right, as the gap in class with Kieran Tierney and Bukayo Saka on the opposite flank was laid bare.
This is of course not the first time that Bellerin has been targeted by Arsenal’s supporters of late, with many of the opinion that the former Barcelona man is no longer the player he once was, and should be moved on as a result.
And, as outlined above, if the latest word stemming from the media on Monday night is anything to go by, then those in agreement with such a sentiment could soon see their wish granted.
This comes amid claims that Bellerin is now ‘ready to part ways’ with his long-time club, in search of a new challenge.
The information comes courtesy of James Benge of CBS Sports, who cites sources close to the player himself.
French champions PSG – who also expressed an interest in the stopper last summer – are said to be ready to reignite their pursuit, with both Barcelona and a pair of unnamed Serie A clubs also keeping an eye on the situation.
It is added, though, that Mikel Arteta and Arsenal are yet to make a decision regarding Bellerin’s future, with an exit, as things stand, far from certain.
Exclusive | Hector Bellerin ready to consider Arsenal exit this summer with PSG set to revive interest in the full-back https://t.co/j8i7bUnKYj
— James Benge (@jamesbenge) February 22, 2021
5 strikers Arsenal could realistically look to sign this summer
Video: Arsenal’s Matteo Guendouzi in costly mistake as Hertha dragged ever-closer to relegation zone
Arsenal betting odds, next game:
Leicester vs Arsenal odds: result, both teams to score, correct score & goalscorers
Arsenal’s latest videos
HIGHLIGHTS | Arsenal vs Manchester City (0-1) | Premier League
Watch a recap of the match action from our 1-0 loss to Manchester City…
Arsenal 0-1 Manchester City | The Breakdown LIVE | Premier League
Join Nick Bright and Adrian Clarke as they react to our 0-1 defeat by…
Arsenal latest news
Premier League table
|1||Manchester City FC||25||35||59|
|2||Manchester United FC||25||21||49|
|3||Leicester City FC||25||17||49|
|4||West Ham United FC||25||10||45|
|8||Aston Villa FC||23||11||36|
|9||Tottenham Hotspur FC||24||10||36|
|11||Wolverhampton Wanderers FC||25||-6||33|
|14||Crystal Palace FC||24||-15||29|
|16||Brighton & Hove Albion FC||24||-5||26|
|17||Newcastle United FC||25||-17||25|
|19||West Bromwich Albion||25||-36||14|
|20||Sheffield United FC||25||-26||11|
|Salah, Mohamed||Liverpool FC||17|
|Fernandes, Bruno||Manchester United FC||15|
|Kane, Harry||Tottenham Hotspur FC||13|
|Son, Heung Min||Tottenham Hotspur FC||13|
|Calvert-Lewin, Dominic||Everton FC||13|
|Vardy, Jamie||Leicester City FC||12|
|Bamford, Patrick||Leeds United||12|
|Gundogan, Ilkay||Manchester City FC||11|
|Wilson, Callum||Newcastle United FC||10|
|Watkins, Ollie||Aston Villa FC||10|
|Rashford, Marcus||Manchester United FC||9|
|Sterling, Raheem||Manchester City FC||9|
|Barnes, Harvey||Leicester City FC||9|
|Zaha, Wilfried||Crystal Palace FC||9|
|Maddison, James||Leicester City FC||8|
|Ings, Danny||Southampton FC||8|
|Lacazette, Alexandre||Arsenal FC||8|
|Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick||Arsenal FC||8|
|Soucek, Tomas||West Ham United FC||8|
|Mane, Sadio||Liverpool FC||7|
|Player||Team||Red Cards||Yellow Cards|
|Bellerin, Hector||Arsenal FC||0||8|
|Gallagher, Conor||West Bromwich Albion||0||8|
|Lundstram, John||Sheffield United FC||1||6|
|Evans, Jonny||Leicester City FC||0||7|
|Egan, John||Sheffield United FC||1||6|
|Bissouma, Yves||Brighton & Hove Albion FC||1||6|
|Milivojevic, Luka||Crystal Palace FC||1||6|
|Hayden, Isaac||Newcastle United FC||0||7|
|Grealish, Jack||Aston Villa FC||0||6|
|Doucoure, Abdoulaye||Everton FC||0||6|
|Hojbjerg, Pierre||Tottenham Hotspur FC||0||6|
|Xhaka, Granit||Arsenal FC||1||5|
|Maguire, Harry||Manchester United FC||0||6|
|Romeu, Oriol||Southampton FC||0||6|
|Luiz, Douglas||Aston Villa FC||0||5|
|Kante, N`Golo||Chelsea FC||0||6|
|Fernandes, Bruno||Manchester United FC||0||5|
|Ward-Prowse, James||Southampton FC||0||5|
|Soucek, Tomas||West Ham United FC||1||4|
|Dallas, Stuart||Leeds United||0||5|
|Kane, Harry||Tottenham Hotspur FC||11|
|Fernandes, Bruno||Manchester United FC||10|
|Grealish, Jack||Aston Villa FC||10|
|De Bruyne, Kevin||Manchester City FC||9|
|Son, Heung Min||Tottenham Hotspur FC||6|
|Rashford, Marcus||Manchester United FC||6|
|Cresswell, Aaron||West Ham United FC||6|
|Digne, Lucas||Everton FC||6|
|Sterling, Raheem||Manchester City FC||5|
|Maddison, James||Leicester City FC||5|
|Firmino, Roberto||Liverpool FC||5|
|Ward-Prowse, James||Southampton FC||5|
|Werner, Timo||Chelsea FC||5|
|Robertson, Andrew||Liverpool FC||5|
|Shaw, Luke||Manchester United FC||5|
|Vardy, Jamie||Leicester City FC||4|
|Bamford, Patrick||Leeds United||4|
|Wilson, Callum||Newcastle United FC||4|
|Barnes, Harvey||Leicester City FC||4|