Did it hurt, Hector? When you fell to Earth from Heaven?
“It’s going better than expected because it’s a pretty hard injury but, at the moment, it’s recovering really well.
“I hope to be running by the end of this week or the beginning of next week and then we’ll just take it from there.”
The amazing recuperative powers of a new contract.
Bellerin, like all of us, has seen his understudies not fluff their lines but certainly not stake strong claims for a place in the first team.
Mathieu Debuchy’s hamstring underlines the risk Wenger has with his compatriot; very sadly injury is always likely to strike.
Carl Jenkinson has been there, seen that and got the t-shirt with injury. And recovered. The boyhood Arsenal fan has been honest in his endeavours down the right but shown little of the ‘X-Factor’ needed to replace the Spaniard in the first team.
Jenkinson is a hard-working full-back but one who has yet to find a true level of consistency in the top flight for either Arsenal or West Ham United that the Premier League demands.
As much as we like Jenkinson for being one of ‘us’, Arsenal supporters are notoriously unforgiving of ‘one of their own’ who doesn’t perform to the highest level. Perhaps nowadays we’re spoiled by the success, maybe the calibre of overseas ‘stars’ makes the gap more noticeable.
Whatever the answer is, Bellerin probably thinks he should have hung on for another fortnight before signing his new deal. As it is, he’s done the deed now and all we hope for is Bellerin to return to full fitness pretty damned quick. Or sooner.