Report: Arsenal to hand Hector Bellerin new contract - impact on West Ham?

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Arsenal are reportedly set to offer a new contract to right back Hector Bellerin - casting further doubts over the future of Carl Jenkinson.

According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal are looking to give right back Hector Bellerin a new contract after a string of fine performances this season.

Bellerin, 19, became another in a long line of ex-Barcelona youngsters who chose to join Arsenal in 2011, and whilst he made his first team debut last season, he's really kicked on this term.

The speedy Spaniard has been called upon to feature at right back this season after injuries to Mathieu Debuchy - and he hasn't let Arsene Wenger down.

A superb attacking force with his pace, Bellerin has certainly impressed and whilst he still needs some development defensively, he's made a very promising start to life in the Premier League.

After 15 starts this season, it seems that Bellerin is in line to receive a new and improved contract to stay at the Emirates Stadium, with the Daily Mail suggesting that Wenger wants to extend his stay in North London beyond 2017, when his current contract expires.

If Bellerin does receive a new deal, then West Ham could be rubbing their hands together in glee - because it has a direct impact on Carl Jenkinson's future at Arsenal.

Jenkinson, 23, is currently on loan at West Ham from Arsenal, but is set to return to the Gunners when his season-long deal ends in the summer.

With Wenger already having Debuchy, Bellerin and Calum Chambers at his disposal at right back, Jenkinson could find himself as the fourth choice - meaning West Ham's hopes of landing him on a permanent deal could increase as a result.

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