Via L’Equipe comes news that Hector Bellerin has signed a new deal with the club.
The Spanish full back is having a breakthrough campaign, deputising for the unfortunate Mathieu Debuchy, and the French newspaper say he’s extended his current contract with a new four year deal that runs until June 2019.
Bellerin has made 17 appearances so far this season, scoring 1 goal, and has excited fans with his swashbuckling attacking and, after a difficult start, much more convincing defending.
His improvement has been obvious and one of the highlights of the season. Not that it should be a surprise as captain Mikel Arteta backed him to make the position his own back in September.
“I think he’s a top player,” said Arteta. “He’s going to be the right back of Arsenal for many years, in my opinion – providing he continues to progress in the way he has been doing.
“Mentally, he handles what is requested to play at the highest level. He’s got pace, technique and he’s a very positive guy.”
So, good news all round, and let’s hope he keeps improving.
Hat-tip to Arnaud for the heads-up.