Tag Archives: hector bellerin

Hector Bellerin should be made captain…not sold

Today’s player linked away from Arsenal is Hector Bellerin.

It has been reported that Inter Milan want to sign the 25-year-old right back for £27million.

What is baffling is that Arsenal fans seem to want him out.

This morning I have seen the transfer  been described as a “masterstroke” and “Raul’s best deal to date” if Bellerin was sold. I will not give these blogs the traffic by linking to them.

The justification behind this is that “Bellerin has a very questionable injury record and has missed 372 days through various problems since 2015”.

Recently we were reprimanded by NewsNow for our articles. They said we fell below their editorial quality. Will NewsNow do the same with these blogs? Or is that sort of statement OK?

Whilst the statement is true, it is also misleading.

Bellerin suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee in in January 2019. It initially ruled him out for 9 months – but as we know with long injuries it can take a while for a player to return fully, playing twice a week.

Prior to his injury, Bellerin had a fairly clean record.

The 3 seasons before 2018/19, he had averaged 45 games a season.

You do not play 45 games a season if you have a “a very questionable injury record”

Of the 372 days missed injured since 2015, 90% of them came since 2019, since that horrible injury against Chelsea.

Before the suspension for Covid19, Bellerin had played 7 of 10 games. The 3 he missed were cup ties.

He was regaining his full fitness, regaining his form.

Some fans have it out for Bellerin.

Bellerin has previously called out “fans” who profit from defeats. He has a strongly held political opinion; actively supporting Jeremy Corbyn and Labour in the last general election. He likes his fashion and is often seen at shows during his down time.

We should be glad that Bellerin is an intelligent young man. That he has an opinion and can back it up. That he has interests outside of football beyond hitting a golf ball. These things should not be held against him.

In England especially, players tend to be a bit thick.

Their education is reduced as they go through school and concentrate more on football. They are not encouraged by parents to work hard at school and on the football pitch. Football takes over. This leads to many failed footballers struggling for a career if they are released at 18.

Bellerin should be praised for being an intelligent individual, with deep interests and opinions. Not criticisms.

It was apparently Bellerin who got the players together to take a wage reduction to help ease Arsenal’s financial worries.

Bellerin is also who was behind Arsenal’s show of support for the Black Lives Matter protest and helped launch Football United, raising funds for the NHS.

Not only should Bellerin not be sold, he should be made captain.

Keenos

Emery should resist temptation to play returning pair against Man U

On Monday Arsenal face Manchester United away. It is a game that would solidify Arsenal’s top 3 intentions if they win; or plunge us back into depression if we lose.

Following their good performance against Nottingham Forest, there have been plenty of calls from fans to put Rob Holding and Kieran Tierney into the starting XI for the key game against Man U. Emery should not bow down to the pressure.

Tuesday’s 5-0 victory over Nottingham Forest was Rob Holding’s 1st senior game since December 2018.

Holding suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on during a 2–2 draw against Manchester United nearly a year ago.

Likewise Tierney has spent 4 months out following a hernia injury, which subsequently required surgery for.

Both players are top young talents and will be mainstays in the Arsenal first team, so it is important that Emery looks at the bigger picture.

All being well, this season Arsenal will play around 50 games. There is a lot of football to come.

To cope with the work load, Emery needs to rotate his squad and ensure players do not pick up long the term injuries that hampered the clubs top 4 and Europa league challenge last season. It is also important that he manages the work load of returning players so that they immediately break down once more.

Both Holding and Tierney performed brilliantly against Nottingham Forest, but a Premier League game against Manchester United would be a huge step up; and one which might be a step up too soon.

What makes more sense is to leave both with the “mid-week squad” in the short term.

Next Thursday we play Standard Liege at home. It would make more sense to play Holding and Tierney in that game, continuing their rehabilitation at a lower level, than put them into a big game at Old Trafford.

It might be seen as some as a bit of a risk not to play both against Man U, but looking at the bigger picture it makes a lot of sense.

Following the game against Liege, Arsenal face Bournemouth. Once again Emery should not be tempted to put Tierney and Holding in.

After Bournemouth, we have an international break, with our 1st game back against Sheffield United on Monday 21st October. That is nearly a month away.

This should be the game that Holding and Tierney are slated in for a Premier League return.

The Sheffield United fixture is over 3 weeks away. By that point both players would have had a months full team training under their belt, as well as 2 senior games. They will be ready for Premier League football.

Putting them in against Manchester United would be short sighted. It would be playing the strongest XI at the risk of one of the 2 suffering another injury – which is likely for players returning from long term problems.

Not playing the pair against Man U means that come Sheffield United, both (and Hector Bellerin) are fit and strong and ready to go for the rest of the season. A sacrifice in the short term to see the benefit in the long term.

I am excited to see Holding, Bellerin and Tierney play together. They will be 3 of the back 4 for at least the next 5 years. But to ensure we get the best out of them for the next decade, it is important that we keep their recoveries from long term injuries slow and do not rush them back.

Keenos

In a team that lacks leaders, one Arsenal player is rising above the rest

We were told he was a bad influence, a trouble marker.

Someone more interested in fast cars, flash clothes and disappearing to Milan, Paris or wherever the party was. Not interested in being a team man, he was more interested in hanging out with the likes of Lewis Hamilton and various pop stars and models.

It was all lies created by journalists who looked at a young black sport star who likes his fast cars, liked his clothes and jewellery, and decided to label him as flash without actually knowing him.

What Arsenal actually signed in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is one of the most lethal strikers in Europe who is humble and currently the epicentre of everything that is positive at Arsenal.

He leads the line and leads the team. He is the joker, the star player, the match winner.

It was Aubameyang who looked after then teenager Matteo Guendouzi when he came to England, unable to speak English.

It is Aubameyang who is helping Nicolas Pepe settle into London – giving him a penalty to get him off his goal duck.

It is Aubameyang that is uniting the squad. It is Aubameyang who should be club captain.

Aubameyang unites a lot of the factions within the club.

Born in France, he is close with Alexandre Lacazette and Guendouzi., and more recently included Pepe into the fold. He is already building a relationship up with William Saliba – both players having spent time at Saint-Etienne.

Having also spent 5 years in Germany for Borussia Dortmund, he also crosses over with the German speakers – Bernd Leno, Mesut Ozil, Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Granit Xhaka and Sead Kolašinac.

It was a mixture of French and German players who were pictured last season doing a few balloon’s in a London nightclub. You can bet your money that it was Aubameyang who was at the centre of the antics.

So here we have a superstar of a player. A colossus on the pitch, but clearly influential off it.

Aubameyang realises he is a senior pro and has taken young new recruits under his wing, helping them settle. There is no ego. No making the youngsters feel they are inadequate or undeserving.

Unai Emery should drop this “we have 5 captains” rubbish and install Aubameyang as the clubs captain. It is something that would every single fan would get behind. Would back.

Vice-captain should be Hector Bellerin.

The Spanish right back has been at the club for nearly a decade  and was influential in the recruitment of Dani Ceballos.

Bellerin knows what it means to play for The Arsenal. He knows what it represents.

He is also important when it comes to our Latino contingent – Ceballos, Lucas Torreira and Emiliano Martínez; And with his Spanish-Cockney accent he can cross over with the British lads.

Recent reports were that Bellerin and Kieran Tiernay had built up a bit of a bromance as they recovered from injury at a similar pace.

Arsenal have a mid-week team as well – playing in the Europa League and League Cup.

The majority of that team will be made up of bright young English talents. The likes of Emile Smith Rowe, Joe Willock, Bukayo Saka and Reiss Nelson. I also expect Rob Holding to play a part in almost every game as he returns slowly from his learn term injury.

Holding should be given the armband for the mid-week squad, allowing him to develop as a leader of the defence.

Aubameyang as captain, Bellerin as vice-captain. Holding captaining the mid-week team.

I think that is something that we can all get behind.

Keenos