What the extension of Hector Bellerin’s contract means for Arsenal

Arsenal might have lost two points, which would have seen consolidate our spot in the top four, on Saturday yet even such tragedy will do nothing to dampen the euphoria experienced by the north London club following reports that Spanish right-back Hector Bellerin has extended his contract at the club, against all Betting Odds suggesting the contrary.

Though Catalan born and one destined for greatness, the youngster must have felt it wasn’t right to move to his home town of Barcelona at this time of his career after he was serially linked with Barcelona and Manchester City in the summer.  For Arsenal fans, nothing is comparable to the joy felt hearing that the youngster who has been the League’s best right-back for two seasons now since displacing Matthieu Debuchy in the winter of last year will be at the club for a further five years. Having signed this new deal, the right-back’s salary will see an increase to £96,000 per week from the initial £51,000.

To buttress further, the right back’s contract extension news seems like the signing of a new exceptional player considering his exploits at the North London club. The right back has become a regular starter despite his young age (21) displacing the more experienced players like Matthieu Debuchy and Carl Jenkinson

Such was the right-back’s form last season that he was the sole Arsenal player voted in the PFA Team of the Year 2016 by his colleagues at the end of last season. Also to be noted was that, Bellerin’s development did not go unnoticed as Vincent Del Bosque who was La Roja’s national team coach at the time named him in the 23 man squad to play the Euro’s in the Summer in France. As if that wasn’t enough the Spaniard has played a further three matches for his national team despite the presence of the likes of Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Juanfran (Atletico Madrid) and Caser Azpilicueta (Chelsea) who are far more experienced .

Already, the right back has made over 66 league appearances for Arsenal since signing his professional contract in 2012 playing in the FA Cup final win against Aston Villa last year. As if that was not enough, the quick right back broke Theo Walcott’s 40 metre Arsenal sprint recorded by 1/100th of a second.

Though a youngster, it is clear that the sky is the limit for the new star of Emirates (Bellerin) if he continues to develop at this pace. However, Arsenal fans should be glad that the Spaniard has confirmed his long term existence at the North London club at the moment.



  1. Hector Bellerin’s contract extension is a reason for joy for all Arsenal supporters. I first wrote in a comment two years ago that Bellerin would be the best in the world at his position in three years and he is well on his way to making that prediction come true. You would be hard-pressed to find a player at his position who is more of a difference-maker for his club on both ends of the pitch.

    When a professional sports club, in any sport, finds, develops, or somehow obtains a player who is one of the very best at his position in the game, it must do whatever it reasonably takes to retain that player’s services. Especially when that player is not a trouble-maker on or off the field/playing surface, keeps working hard to improve his game, and wants to stay with the club. Bellerin is that kind of rare player.

    And, when the club that you support with all your heart–as I support Arsenal–does do what it takes to keep a top-flight talent like Hector Bellerin, it has to put a smile on your face. Believe me when I say that I am certainly smiling right now as I am writing this. And I will be smiling all day thanks to this news!

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