It’s fair to say that 2016/17 may have been the toughest season of Hector Bellerin’s short career so far.
After being widely considered one of the best full-backs in the league 12 months ago, a number of inconsistent performances have led to a portion of Arsenal fans condemning the Spaniard’s talent.
This condemnation peaked in early April, when Bellerin was the subject of abuse from his own fans, in Arsenal’s 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace.
And it seems that the 22-year-old is not quite ready to make up with Arsenal fans, if his latest comments are anything to go by.
Speaking whilst on international duty with Spain on Monday, Bellerin expressed his delight at interest from his boyhood club Barcelona, stating;
“It’s great to know about the interest of Barca, the club where I grew up. I’m an Arsenal player and we’ll see what happens.
“I know a lot of things are being talked about but as a player, the club haven’t told me anything. A lot can happen this summer.”
In light of the comments, Arsenal fans took to Twitter to express their thoughts on the situation…
OK, about Hector Bellerin, I've never been his fan but I'd love him to stay. His comments are naive but I can't see Arsene selling him tbh.
— IslingtonGoonerAFC (@Born_a_gooner) June 6, 2017
Yeah I don't like these comments at all from Bellerin. Sounds to me like he's positioning himself for a move back to Barcelona. https://t.co/fXEs6VjE4U
— Jonathan (@afcjonathan) June 6, 2017
Can't say that I love these comments from Bellerin. https://t.co/JpKhec27NQ
— AJ (@UFGoonerAJ) June 6, 2017
Not liking the look of Bellerin's comments tbh. It looks like Barca might get him.
— Ram Vaidyanathan (@zoopertrip) June 6, 2017
Bellerin used to be one of the best at swerving Catalan media questions, talking down a Barca move, now it's the opposite.
— Sport Witness (@Sport_Witness) June 6, 2017
If Bellerin is starting to pout his lips at the mention of Barca, show him the door. Can't carry passengers and Ox showed enough as a WB.
— Jamie Ross (@jamieross11) June 6, 2017