Bye-bye Bellerin: Edu could land Arteta’s dream player in “special” £18m-rated talent – opinion

Amid suggestions Hector Bellerin could be on his way out of Arsenal this year, Edu could land Mikel Arteta a dream player by signing Norwich City starlet Max Aarons.

According to CBS Sports, PSG are ready to revive last summer’s interest in Bellerin, with the Spaniard himself eager to test himself away from the Emirates.

The report claims that the Ligue 1 giants are not alone in their interest in the right-back however, with Barcelona also said to be keeping an eye. It’s added that “for their part Arsenal have not indicated to the player what their plans are for him as he approaches the final two years of the contract he signed in late 2016.”

And with Bellerin’s long-term future at the Emirates up in the air, Aarons and Brighton flier Tariq Lamptey have been identified as potential replacements for the Spaniard.

When you look at how Aarons has performed back in the Championship this season, you can see why the 21-year-old would fit in so well with the likes of the Gunners’ other young starlets, Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe for instance.

The £18m-rated right-back has scored once and picked up three assists, while crucially, has played the full 90 minutes in every single league game for the Canaries this campaign – the Gunners only have to look at Bellerin’s knee injury, or even the struggles of Kieran Tierney to see what an impressive feat that is.

Speaking earlier this season, Norwich boss Daniel Farke said: “Max is outstanding in many topics. I can’t praise him enough for what he has done since his first appearance. He is always looking to work harder. Never ill, never injured. If the best clubs in the world are interested then maybe there is not that much more space to improve.

“But he knows he can work a bit more on his assists and end product, like in the last game. I think he can be more of an offensive threat for us. You watch some of our games now and the opponents go man-for-man on him. That is crazy for a player who is a full-back but it says a lot about his reputation. He is just a special player and he has an unbelievable future.”

As Farke says, Aarons is a dangerous “threat” going forward, and for a manager like Arteta, who clearly places emphasis on his full-backs to go forward – both Tierney and Bellerin feature in the top six for key passes per game this season for the Gunners – the 21-year-old feels like a perfect fit for the Arsenal boss.

He’s young, forward-thinking and already with plenty of experience, especially given he had a campaign of Premier League soccer to taste just last season with the Canaries.

Edu could wave goodbye to Bellerin this summer and land a dream player for Arteta by landing Aarons.

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