Arsenal are preparing for a mass summer exodus before the start of the new season and have decided to first part ways with a long-time servant.
The 2020/21 season has been a nightmare for Arsenal who have struggled domestically in the league and have now been knocked out of the Europa League as well. Despite their recent victory against West Brom in the Premier League, Mikel Arteta‘s side are placed ninth on the table with three games remaining, which ultimately means that they will not be playing in Europe next season.
While the manager can be held responsible for Arsenal’s current state, the players are also equally responsible. The Mirror reports that a mass summer exodus is on the cards for the Gunners and Hector Bellerin could be the first player to be sold at the end of the season.
Bellerin has been sub-par for the past couple of seasons, however, this time around it looks like the Spaniard has regressed further. The 26-year-old was one of the worst performers against Villarreal in the second-leg that saw Arsenal being eliminated in the Europa League semi-final.
His inconsistency coupled with his hefty weekly wages has raised a cause for concern at the Emirates Stadium. The right-back is no longer a guaranteed starter in the team as he faces competition from Cedric Soares and Calum Chambers who have performed far better when given the opportunity.
Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan are reportedly interested in signing Hector Bellerin. PSG are also reportedly linked with Tottenham Hotspur’s Serge Aurier as Mauricio Pochettino‘s side will be in need of a right-back next season.
Alessandro Florenzi will be returning to AS Roma once his loan spell expires this summer and is certain to have an important role under the new coach, Jose Mourinho. With Florenzi heading back to Italy, the Parisiens could consider either Bellerin or Aurier as affordable signings to fill in the void.