Arsenal have been on the receiving end of this sort of thing from the current Spanish La Liga champions before, most notably when the Barca players led an orchestrated and determined campaign to let our then captain Cesc Fabregas know that he was wanted at the Nou Camp without the Catalan club having to make an official approach.
The pressure went on and Fabregas made it clear to Arsene Wenger and Arsenal that he wanted to return to Spain to play for his boyhood club where he had been at the famous La Masia academy as a youth player. Just like he did with Fabregas, Wenger took our current right back Hector Bellerin from Barca and gave him the chances to p[lay that he would not have got had he stayed.
We can only hope that Bellerin does not make the same decision as Fabregas and perhaps the struggles that the current Chelsea man had on his return will help. But it seems inevitable that Arsenal will soon be facing a transfer battle for the young Spaniard, as a report by The Mirror explains that their vice president Jordi Mestre all but confirmed their desire to get Bellerin back.
He said, “We’ve already seen him as a Cule! He’s a great player, there’s no doubt about that.
“Wenger convinced him to move [in 2011] and promised him something which we couldn’t.
“We could not promise him that within two years he would be playing in Dani Alves’ place.
“In many cases it’s good that they leave to develop as players and then return [with that experience].
“Look at the cases of Cesc [Fabregas], [Gerard] Pique, [Jordi] Alba and Denis Suarez… I hope the same thing will happen with [Sergi] Samper, too.
“It’s positive that [these players] get minutes at other clubs. It is dynamic which has always provided good results for players that carry the Barca DNA in their blood.”
Apparently Arsenal are currently in talks with the rapid right back and his people over a new contract so hopefully that gets sorted as soon as possible, but could we be set to see another Gunner go back to Barca?