Arsenal ace Hector Bellerin sets date for injury return after good recovery period
Arsenal are in desperate need of reinforcements at the back with their current crop either injured or not rated highly enough.
The likes of Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis and Stephan Lichtsteiner have all come under fire from their own supporters over the course of last season.
And with the latter leaving after his contract expired last month, there is no cover at right-back – apart from auxiliary full-back Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
According to the Guardian, the Spaniard is well ahead of schedule after suffering from a cruciate knee ligament rupture in January.
Such injuries can keep the victim out for over a year in the very worst circumstances but Bellerin expects to be back in action by September.
The 24-year-old underwent surgery in Spain and was told he would face a minimum of nine months out – placing his return in the middle of October.
But the ex-Barcelona rookie has made exceptional progress during his rehabilitation and has healed miraculously after his operation.
And his first game back could be as early as September 22 – a home match against Aston Villa.
It alleviates some of the pressure on the club to find a new right-back this summer.
There are talks ongoing for Kieran Tierney although Celtic are playing hardball.
The Scotsman is understood to want the move but the Gunners are being forced into spending a sizeable chunk of their transfer budget.
However, Tierney would be a fine acquisition for Unai Emery – with the defender able to play along the whole backline.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are still looking to sign hot prospect William Saliba from Saint-Etienne.
The deal could see the 18-year-old return to the Ligue 1 club which could help this summer’s budget.