Hector Bellerin may well have played his final game for Arsenal, as he’s now expected to miss the last couple of matches of the season through injury.
Arsenal then stated, “Hector sustained bruising to the bone in the lower leg during last week’s match at Chelsea and continues to be reviewed. Hector is unavailable for Wednesday’s match, but is working hard with the medical team ahead of Sunday’s match against Brighton.
Benge added that whilst Mikel Arteta convinced Bellerin to stay last summer, both sides have now accepted it’s time to part ways. There have been no decisions on where the right-back will end up, but he’s looking to move on in the upcoming window.
As a result, it’s very possible that Bellerin’s substitute appearance in the win at Stamford Bridge was his final game for the club.
For now, the focus is on the games against Crystal Palace and Brighton. Bellerin’s absence shouldn’t cause a huge problem, given Arteta has Calum Chambers and Cedric Soares at his disposal.
Bukayo Saka is also available, and he started at right-wing-back in the Chelsea match, so clearly there are options.
Hopefully, Bellerin can make a speedy recovery and sort his future as soon as possible. Whether he’s leaving or not, it’s better to sort the situation earlier in the summer, as it will likely affect other business.
David Luiz is also ruled while Granit Xhaka faces a fitness test on his groin ahead of the game at Palace.