So he has only played a few games and even if his abilities as a defender are still open to improve, the 19-year old is already seen as a star in the making, and Bayern Leverkusen are already queuing for his services.
The German giants are in the last 16 of the Champions League and, like Arsenal, are looking to make their squad better equipped for the challenge of the second half of the season. Bellerin is seen as bearing similar marks as their former defender, Dani Carvajal, with forward moves drawing semblances between the two.
Hector Bellerin’s rise to the first team has been unorthodox, having to be handed his first start on a feisty ground like Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion. A good game against Benfica in the Emirates cup was his first team debut and it was an impressive game, even delivering an assist. Despite the nerves that made the Dortmund trip not very memorable, Bellerin has played 5 more games as a starter, losing just two against Southampton and Stoke. The most recent, however, is the crown in his jewel and it is no surprise that interest is already festering.
With the injuries that have recycled in the Arsenal defence this season, it is hard to see Wenger letting any of his first team players go out on loan, and Bellerin was not even considered so at the start of the season. The departure of Bacary Sagna and Carl Jenkinson saw the arrivals of Mattieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers as the new right backs, and so there was not much expectation for Bellerin to be so involved as he has been. Chambers is destined for a future at center back, meaning that the gate is open to Bellerin to claim the role as his if he continues to impress this season.
One man whose gates do not appear as open, though, is Yaya Sanogo, and it appears he may have to look for a breather in January to get more game time. . Sanogo joined Arsenal last year from Auxerre on a free deal and has not really taken his career by the scruff of the neck, with performances that have exhibited more rawness than the finished article. Since he does not get the chances at Arsenal at the moment, the loan should suit him to get the regular opportunity to hone his skills into what Wenger expects him to become.
The player is still raw and needs a steady run of games to bloom his potential. He seemed set to get that run this season until his hamstring issues resurfaced. Wenger surely does believe in Sanogo as his Henry of the future and given what the player had done with the French youth teams, he may well be.
As for Bellerin, do we really imagine Wenger would let him leave in January?
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