‘I wouldn’t want him’ – John Barnes tells Mikel Arteta to sell Arsenal star Hector Bellerin
John Barnes launched an astonishing attack on Arsenal star Hector Bellerin and told Mikel Arteta to cash in on the right-back. Bellerin, 25, has been linked with a move away from the Emirates, with Paris Saint-Germain thought to be potential suitors for the Spain international.
Reports claim he is ready to test himself away from north London and that he will push for an exit in the summer. But Barnes thinks Arsenal should happily show him the door and thinks he is part of their problems rather than the solution.
‘When Hector Bellerin first came onto the scene, he was good enough to play at PSG, but now, I’m not sure, especially with their (PSG’s) ambitions,’ Barnes told BonusCodeBets. ‘In his position you don’t have to be the best in the world to play at PSG, but I’m not sure if they’re going to stay interested in him at the end of the season.
‘If he said he doesn’t want to stay at Arsenal, then they should let him go. The team should only be interested in players who want to play through both good and bad times. ‘Bellerin is part of the reason as to why Arsenal is a club in transition and not currently playing well.
‘Players always aspire to play in the best team in the world and win loads of trophies, but if everybody did that then all the best players would be at one club.
‘I wouldn’t want a player like Bellerin at my club, if your team isn’t performing well, you want players who want to help the team perform better not ones who talk about leaving mid-season when the team is going through a rough patch.
He owes more to Arsenal than to do that. ‘If he doesn’t want to spend the best years of his career on the bench, then moving to PSG doesn’t make sense because they have a higher average standard of defender. ‘If he can’t always consistently start at Arsenal over the last few years, then he won’t be able to start at PSG.’