Arsenal spend most summers nervously biting their nails just waiting for it to end with their first team entirely intact. However that rarely happens.
Last year it was Robin Van Persie and Alex Song; before that they have had to watch the likes of Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri, Kolo Toure, Emmanuel Adebayor and Cesc Fabregas all fly the nest.
This summer however may be different. Arsenal want to sell. The likes of Andrey Arshavin, Maraoune Chamakh, Nicklas Bendtner, Andre Santos etc etc etc are not wanted at The Emirates and cashing in on these flops would be good business from The Gunners.
One player however they do seem like having a fight to hold on to is Bacary Sagna. The Frenchman is out of contract in 2014 and some of his comments in the past have not exactly convinced anyone he wants to stay at The Emirates.
He spoke of the pain at watching his former colleagues pick up trophies at pastures new and with Paris Saint Germain and Internazionale said to be sniffing around you can bet selling him may just be on Arsene Wenger’s agenda.
The club have one great prodigy in the right full-back position in the form of Carl Jenkinson. This season he has shown a real maturity to go with his obvious raw physical talents. Such eye-catching turn-outs earned him his first international call-up for the ill-fated friendly against Sweden.
With that many a right-back has been linked with a move to The Emirates as a replacement. Sebastian Corchia, Gregory Van Der Wiel, Sebastian Jung, Daryl Janmaat and even Angel Rangel; to name a few that immediately come to mind.
But could they already have their second choice right back for next season among their ranks?
Arsenal signed Hector Bellerin under something of a storm in 2011 from Barcelona and his performances in the NextGen Series and Uder-21 league this season have been amongst the most impressive and consistent for the Young Gunners.
He recently turned 18 and was rewarded for his good form with a new contract at The Emirates so he is clearly in their plans for the future.
Arsenal fans may want to see bigger names and more experience players being signed but Wenger has a philosophy and he should not be expected to drop it just like that.
Otherwise what has been the point of these trophy-less years?
Do you think Bellerin should have a first-team chance next season?
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