ARSENAL should offload PSG target Hector Bellerin in case he unsettles Mikel Arteta’s troubled squad.
The Gunners might be better off if Hector Bellerin left, according to John BarnesCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Pundit John Barnes believes players looking to move on must be offloaded, and reckons Hector Bellerin could be one such playerCredit: Getty Images – Getty
“The team should only be interested in players who want to play through both good and bad times.
“Bellerin is part of the reason as to why Arsenal is a club in transition and not currently playing well.
“Players always aspire to play in the best team in the world and win loads of trophies, but if everybody did that then all the best players would be at one club.
“If your team isn’t performing well, you want players who want to help the team perform better not ones who talk about leaving mid-season when the team is going through a rough patch.
“He owes more to Arsenal than to do that.”
But Barnes doubts if PSG would still regard the four-cap Spaniard as an important signing.
Mauricio Pochettino‘s men proved their class with last week’s 4-1 last-16 first-leg demolition of Barcelona as they bid to go one better than losing last season’s Champions League final to Bayern Munich.
Barnes said: “When Hector Bellerin first came onto the scene, he was good enough to play at PSG but now, I’m not sure, especially with their ambitions.
“In his position you don’t have to be the best in the world to play at PSG, but I’m not sure if they’re going to stay interested in him at the end of the season.
“If he doesn’t want to spend the best years of his career on the bench, then moving to PSG doesn’t make sense because they have a higher average standard of defender.
“If he can’t always consistently start at Arsenal over the last few years, then he won’t be able to start at PSG.”