LAZY FAN EXCLUSIVE: Bellerín Looking To Leave The Emirates

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Lazy Fan Sports has learned that 23-year-old Arsenal defender Héctor Bellerín is looking to leave the Emirates this summer. After 5 years in London, the Spanish international is looking to move on, and that may have something to do with the change in manager.

Having played his whole Arsenal career under the recently departed Arsène Wenger, Bellerín is not enjoying his first pre-season under Unai Emery. There are notable differences in style between the two managers and this, it seems, has been the catalyst for the change in attitude.

Bellerín Played Four Years Under Wenger
Bellerín Played Four Years Under Wenger

Change In Philosophy

“It’s been very different for everyone. Mr. Wenger had been at the club for 22 years so obviously, a lot of things have changed. Training is way different, we are working on different things that we didn’t use to with the boss,” Bellerín said.

“The coaches have different philosophies, they are completely different. Arsène Wenger was a manager that left a lot of inspiration with the players, he gave you a lot of freedom and now Unai Emery is a bit more tactical, more organised on the pitch.”

Culture Shock

Arsenal are going through major changes under the new manager, and they are unlikely to want to part with one of the most consistent performers. Bellerín has played in all but 10 games over the last 3 seasons and has chipped in with a few goals along the way.

During his time with Arsenal, he has picked up Young Catalan Player of The year, as well as being in the PFA team of the year, and FIFPro World XI, both in 2016. His time at Arsenal has seen him lift 2 FA Cups and 2 Community Shields.

What The Future Holds

Bellerín Was Left Out Of Spains World Cup Squad © Getty Images
Bellerín Was Left Out Of Spains World Cup Squad © Getty Images

Bellerín was likely devastated not to be included in the Spanish squad for the World Cup, and with the change in manager, he is probably looking for a fresh start in more suitable circumstances. While his form is solid, Arsenal’s lack of results at the cutting edge of the big tournaments is probably hurting his chances of playing for Spain.

If he gets his way, Bellerín would likely be looking for a return to Spain or potentially Germany with champions Bayern Munich having shown a passing interest. However, it is not believed, at this stage, that Bellerín will force his way out.

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