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Arsenal round-up: Barcelona confident of Hector Bellerin move; impact of losing Champions League football; protest planned


Arsenal round-up: Barcelona confident of Hector Bellerin move; impact of losing Champions League football; protest planned

Arsene Wenger’s future hasn’t been settled yet and there is a growing number of supporters that want him to leave at the end of the season. The Mirror report that Arsenal fans are planning another protest march against the French manager and there is a hope that over 1000 will attend. It will take place before their crucial match against Manchester United this weekend. The march has been organised by a group called #NoNewContract, but their last event attracted only 10 protesters and it was cancelled as a result. They will be hoping for a lot more this time.

The speculation regarding the Arsenal manager’s future is beginning to get boring and the discontent in the stands has been known for a while. It is unlikely that the board or Wenger will take much notice of the protests as they haven’t in recent years. However, it is difficult to ignore them if the majority of the supporters turn against the manager. Although a protest of 1000 won’t be enough to enforce a change, if their movement gains traction, it could have the desired effect.

Sport report that Barcelona are confident they can sign Hector Bellerin this summer and make the most of the Arsenal’s underachievement. The right back has been strongly linked with a return to the Nou Camp over the last 12 months and it could provide a good opportunity for him to get his career back on track. Bellerin was booed by his own supporters at Crystal Palace last month and he has only been in the starting eleven once since. His stock has fallen recently and it might be the right time to leave the Emirates Stadium.

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It would be a major disappointment for the Gunners to lose the right back as he has the potential to become one of the best in his position. However, leaving could be good for his own development as Arsenal are about to enter into a transitional period and they may not be in the Champions League either. Barcelona are intelligent to make a move this summer as it could be the easiest time to prise the defender away from the Emirates Stadium. Although it would be a blow to lose him, they have shown in recent weeks that they can play well without him.


Arsenal could miss out on a number of key transfer targets if they fail to qualify for the Champions League, according to the Telegraph. The report also states that their revenue will suffer a drop of up to £45 million. The defeat in the North London Derby has increased the possibility of the Gunners missing out on the top four. Alexandre Lacazette, Virgil van Dijk and Jose Gaya are all reported targets, but they would be a lot more difficult to attain if the club isn’t in the Champions League.

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The report is spot on, but it isn’t sharing any information that people didn’t already know. It is inevitable that Arsenal will have more difficulty in the transfer market without Champions League football. However, it isn’t impossible to attract good players. Manchester United and Chelsea have both signed good players in recent years, despite not being in Europe’s premier competition. It will be argued that Arsenal don’t have the allure of either club, but if they scout well this summer, they will be able to make good signings.

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