Arsenal extended their undefeated streak to nine games at the weekend with a fortunate late winner against Burnley, continuing an impressive run of form that sees the Gunners enjoying one of their best starts to a football season.
Everything appears to have slotted into place for manager Arsène Wenger, with summer signings seamlessly integrating into the side, youth stars breaking into the first team and key members of the squad all performing above expectations.
Long gone is the chant of ‘Wenger Out’ that frequent go-to position for many frustrated Gooners over the last few seasons. As Wenger enjoys his 20th anniversary at the club, things – so far at least – look like he could be about to have one of his best seasons ever.
While the questions around a potential contract extension for Santi Cazorla persist, it seems that Wenger has been quick to shut down any questions over the future of another key member of his squad, that of defender Hector Bellerin.
According to the Mirror, the 21-year-old has become a target for both Barcelona and Manchester City in recent months. Having started his career at the Camp Nou, Bellerin moved to Arsenal in 2011 and has become a key member of the Gunners’ defence since 2013.
Following reports that Barcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre believes the Spain international will return to the club, Arsenal have now taken the bull by the horns and reportedly offered Bellerin a five-year contract extension, despite still having three years left on his current deal.
With the ambitious Spaniard seeking to win silverware, it is hoped that Wenger’s summer spending spree and resulting good form will be enough to convince the young defender to commit his future to the club.
Fans will also be anxious to see Bellerin remain in London as at 21, he is regarded as the future of Arsenal’s defence.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena