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‘A sizeable step up’ – Arsenal identify £30m-rated EFL player as Hector Bellerin replacement: The verdict

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This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

Arsenal are reportedly keen to sell right-back Hector Bellerin and replace him with Norwich City’s Max Aarons in the summer.

There is a lot of interest in Aarons but, according to 90min, the Gunners are confident they can win the race for him.

It is understood the Canaries are willing to part with him but only if their £30 million valuation is met.

But would the 21-year-old be an improvement on Bellerin straight away?

Our FLW writers share their thoughts…

George Dagless

I think that’s quite the challenge to throw down to him.

Of course, Bellerin is perhaps not quite at the level he has been at in the past and I do think Aarons will get to a really impressive point in his career where he is one of the top right-backs in the game but he’ll need a bit of time.

He’s obviously Premier League class but coming into an Arsenal side that has more than enough issues at the moment will still be tough for him and he’ll need patience to get up to speed with the expectancy the club has.

I do think he’ll be a hit if he goes there in time, though.

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Jacob Potter

I’m not sure he’d be a ready-made replacement straight away.

Aarons has been brilliant for Norwich City don’t get me wrong, but there is a sizeable step up from the Canaries to Arsenal.

He’s still only 21, and he’s got his best years ahead of him, and it’ll be interesting to see whether he’s on the move in the summer transfer window.

In a couple of years’ time, I think he’d be an excellent replacement for Bellerin, but I’m not sure he’s quite ready to make the move to the Emirates in search of consistent game time just yet.

He’s a player with a bright future ahead of him though, that’s for certain.

Jordan Rushworth

This would be an interesting move for Arsenal with Bellerin having been a key part of their side for a long time now, but it does seem like the Gunners need to freshen things up if they are going to start to challenge for the top-four or even the top-six in the near future.

Aarons is a player with a high ceiling and he could develop into a top-class right-back over the next few years. The Gunners have been developing young players like Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith-Rowe and that is has been one of the few redeeming qualities about their season. You could see the Norwich defender following a same path if he moved there.

However, there would have to be some concerns that Aarons might not be at the level needed right now to be challenging for the top-four in the Premier League. He struggled at times last season in the Premier League defensively, but also showed some encouraging displays as well.

For the long-term, it would be a smart signing for Arsenal, but it might not be a player who instantly comes into the side and transforms their chances of competing at the top of the Premier League.


Bristol-born, London-based sports journalist at Snack Media. University of Brighton and NA graduate

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