Three reasons why Hector Bellerin should swap Arsenal for Man City
Here are three reasons why Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin should consider a transfer to Manchester City
It’s no surprise that Hector Bellerin has been linked with Manchester City. Given Pep Guardiola’s connections to Barcelona and their famed La Masia academy, Bellerin must be an appealing option for the new Citizens boss. Guardiola needs to start thinking about the future at right-back, with Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta both in their early thirties. Bellerin would surely find the idea of playing under a Barcelona legend attractive, particularly given that they share the same philosophy. With some suggesting that Arsene Wenger is out-of-touch with modern football, Guardiola very much has his finger on the pulse.
Bellerin was part of Arsenal’s FA Cup-winning side in 2015 as the Gunners eased to a resounding 4-0 victory over Aston Villa at Wembley. While England’s domestic cup has its appeal, it lacks the prestige of the Premier League or the Champions League. City have won the Premier League twice since Wenger last guided Arsenal to title glory in 2004. While a second-place finish suggests progress, the Gunners never really looked like title contenders last season despite the struggles of perennial rivals Chelsea and Manchester United. With Guardiola at the helm, City should challenge for the two top prizes in club football annually if the Spaniard’s record at Barcelona and Bayern Munich offer any indication.
Could a fresh challenge appeal to Bellerin? He’s only 21 but has already established himself as Arsenal’s first-choice right-back. Mathieu Debuchy isn’t providing much competition for the defender, who must be keen to prove himself to Spain’s manager Vicente del Bosque. Juanfran and Cesar Azpilicueta are ahead of Bellerin in the pecking order in the national team set-up. Given Guardiola’s reputation in Spain and increased competition from Sagna and Zabaleta, Bellerin could thrive in a more competitive environment at The Etihad.