In Focus: Bellerin’s envy of ex-teammates is a concern for Arsenal

Hector Bellerin is keen for a fresh challenge after seeing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain thrive elsewhere after leaving Arsenal, reports The Guardian.

What’s the word?

The right-back appeared to signal his commitment to the Gunners by signing a new six-year contract in 2016.

However, the Spaniard’s form has dipped this season and the club is currently at a low point, with many questioning manager Arsene Wenger.

The Guardian reports that Bellerin is conscious of how his former teammates, including Oxlade-Chamberlain who now plays for Liverpool, have benefitted from leaving the North London outfit.

The report adds that Juventus will revive their interest in the right-back when the transfer window reopens in the summer.

It is believed that Arsenal’s head of player negotiations Raul Sanllehi is aware that Bellerin wants a new challenge.

How bad could this get?

Arsenal are certainly not the happiest of Premier League clubs at the moment, despite the fact that life looked optimistic when the club recruited Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang following Alexis Sanchez’s January exit.

Recent results have piled pressure onto Wenger, particularly last weekend’s 3-0 defeat to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final.

As it stands, the club will miss out on Champions League football for the second year running as they are 10 points adrift of the top four positions in the top flight.

If Bellerin is feeling envious of former teammates that have moved on, it proves that the club are not in a position to hold on to their star players through ambition alone.

The Spaniard may not be the only one who feels that it is time for a new challenge.

At the end of the season, wholesale changes need to be made, and that is including management, in order for Arsenal to get back on track.

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