Arsenal right back Hector Bellerin has reportedly been sidelined for about a month at a critical time this season.
This would be a big blow for the Gunners who are poised to meet Manchester United on Saturday, November 19, 2016. Arsenal would battle French champions Paris St. Germain for a chance to top the UEFA Champions League at the Emirate next week, and the all-important Bellerin would likely not be available.
Historically, the November curse for Arsenal is real. And after the 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur and with the forthcoming games, the Arsenal set-up would have to sit tight to maintain their current form.
Bellerin has been a decent addition to the first team. He has successes in shaming critics since his time at Watford on loan. He managed to get past his debut against Borussia Dortmund, and he is gradually building a name for himself at the Emirates. One of his spectacular performances is the game against Bayern Munich last year.
The former Barcelona academy product faced a stern test as Douglas Costa dealt with him in the first half. The youngest player on the pitch then held his own and eventually turned the tide by getting an assist in the second goal that sealed the game.
Arsenal had to warn Barcelona to stay clear of the player before the La Liga champions did, as they were keen on reclaiming their product. The 21-year old rising star is expected to agree to a new deal that would make him one of the highest earning young players. He comfortably saw off competition from Calum Chambers and Mathieu Debuchy. Carl Jenkinson would be the temporary replacement until he regains full match fitness. One thing is sure; Arsenal would miss his combination with left back Nacho Monreal as the stability in central defence made the whole unit resolute.