By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Hector Bellerin is poised to agree a new Arsenal contract, Football Insider sources understand.
Bellerin has been in negotiations with the Premier League club over an extended deal after breaking into the first team this season.
Football Insider understands the 20-year-old Spaniard is close to settling terms with the Gunners and is expected to sign a long-term agreement in the coming weeks.
Bellerin’s current deal expires in 2017 and Arsenal moved to tie him down following a series of impressive performances at right-back as stand-in for the injured Mathieu Debuchy.
Bellerin has made 22 appearances for the club this season and has been part of the defence that has conceded just five goals in Arsenal’s last nine Premier League games.
Fit-again Debuchy was selected for the FA Cup semi-final win over Reading 10 days again but Bellerin got the nod for the goal-less draw against Chelsea last Sunday.
Bellerin’s emergence has pushed Carl Jenkinson down the pecking order at Emirates Stadium and the young Englishman
Jenkinson has spent the season at West Ham and Arsenal could now look at loaning him out once again next season.
Sources have told Football Insider that Arsene Wenger wants to tie Jenkinson down to a new contract before loaning him out, with West Ham the favourites to sign a deal for the right-back.