Since stepping up to replace the injured Mathieu Debuchy, Héctor Bellerín has been nothing short of excellent. Possessing more speed than is humanly necessary to go with great movement, passing and timely tackles, he has risen from prospect, to fan favourite, to one of the best right backs in Europe.
Which is why, amid rumours that the sharks are beginning to circle his contract, Arsenal are set to open negotiations for a new five-year contract with Bellerín following the International break. It’s safe to say the 21-year-old Spanish international has earned it. In 63 league appearances, he’s had 3 goals and 8 assists. He’s also really, really fast.
It’s also a smart business move despite three years remaining on Héctor’s contract, for if Barcelona and Manchester City are calling, we’ve seen before how little it takes to unsettle a player. Appearing fully committed to Bellerín, while providing endless game time and, hopefully, titles, is key to locking down the star defender. Or, at least, setting a release clause high enough to deter any poaching.
With Arsenal also looking to tie up Mesut Özil and Alexis Sánchez, the team is showing clear signs that they are set to reward talent and maintain a strong team. Should they manage all three, the future remains bright.