Arsenal should sell Hector Bellerin ‘for the right price’, says Charlie Nicholas

Arsenal should look to sell Hector Bellerin if they can get a reasonable price.

That is the verdict from ex-Gunners ace Charlie Nicholas, who also reckons his former side need a clearout of defensive players.

Mikel Arteta has big plans in the transfer window but the coronavirus crisis has halted many of them.

The Spaniard wanted to be bankrolled with several marquee signings but that looks impossible now.

Instead, he must roam the bargain bin – unless he can sell players on.

One that has been touted to leave is Bellerin, who has been with Arsenal since 2011 and still has three years on his contract.

That is from Sky Sports pundit Nicholas, who believes the Gunners should let him go at the right price.

"I would also contemplate and look at, people have been mentioning, somebody like Bellerin if the right money came," Nicholas told Sky Sports News.

"Now, Bellerin has been a star but since his bad injury he's never really recovered fully.

"If we can get him fit again and get him going again, then I'm all for Bellerin staying here.

William Saliba is set to play a big role next season in Arteta's backline while the signing of Gabriel Magalhaes is also getting closer.

It would leave Arsenal with an abundance of centre-backs and Nicholas was cutthroat with his verdicts on those players.

"We welcome [William] Saliba and if we can get Gabriel I think suddenly we've got a bit of pace and a bit of power there," he added.

"[David] Luiz was signed on a one-year contract as a squad player and maybe to play in a back three occasionally.

"[Shkodran] Mustafi will be sold. He's injured just now but he will be sold, he has to go.

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"Sokratis I think will say: 'At my stage, I have to go'.

"Rob Holding, nothing against him, I don't think Arsenal's helped him.

"It was the wrong move at the wrong time for the lad. I think if the right offer comes in, he'll go.

"And obviously Calum Chambers, who has been in and out of the club unbelievable amounts of times, will have to go for his own sake, rather than his long-term future at Arsenal – it doesn't exist.

"So they'll be four out, you get the money in, you replace it."

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