Amid ongoing speculation over Bellerin’s future, Gunners legend Petit has suggested that it is time for the defender to leave the club and seek pastures new
Having graduated from the club’s Hale End academy, Bellerin made his senior breakthrough in 2014 and has gone on to make 239 appearances in all competitions.
While he was widely considered to be one of the most exciting young full-backs in the Premier League at one stage, he suffered a serious setback in 2019 when he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament.
After a long spell on the sidelines, he has struggled to reproduce his best form over the last couple of seasons.
Bellerin has been persistently linked with a move away over the last few months and, with under two years left on his current deal, he is coming to the point where he will have to make an imminent decision on his future.
While Paris Saint-Germain were credited with an interest earlier in the summer, they signed Achraf Hakimi from Inter Milan earlier this week. According to Calciomercato , Inter have put Bellerin on their shortlist of potential replacements.
As far as Petit is concerned, Bellerin’s departure would make sense for all involved.
“It’s time for Hector Bellerin to move on from Arsenal,” he told Paddy Power.
“His time there has been very complicated because of injuries. I don’t remember the last time he played a whole season without injuries, that’s been the main problem for him.
“He needs to improve his capacity. When you play at a high level, you need to play every three days. This is not the case with him, and I haven’t seen improvement in terms of his play.
“He’s been at the club for eight years and hasn’t really improved a lot. So it’s time for him to leave.
“He’s been linked in recent months with Paris Saint-Germain and maybe he was hoping to go there, but they’ve just signed Achraf Hakimi. I’m pretty sure that in his mind he wanted to get an option to leave the club, so for me it’s time for him to look elsewhere.”
Having finished eighth in the Premier League last term, Arsenal are in the midst of a squad overhaul. Bellerin is not the only big name who has been tipped to depart, with Granit Xhaka reportedly wanted by Roma and various other first-team players facing an uncertain future.
David Luiz has already departed after the expiry of his contract, while Martin Odegaard, Mat Ryan and Dani Ceballos have returned to their parent clubs following the conclusion of their loan deals.
Arsenal have also shipped out Matteo Guendouzi on loan to Marseille, though Petit doesn’t necessarily think that means the end of his time in north London.
“The fact Arsenal have sent him out on loan twice shows they don’t want to sell him right now,” he said. “They’re still expecting something better from him.”
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