Arsenal issue angry hands-off warning to Premier League rivals - report
By Harvey Byrne
Arsenal have been left fuming by Manchester City’s attempt to lure Hector Bellerin to Etihad Stadium, according to a report.
The Mirror have claimed that the Gunners were so annoyed with their Premier League rivals move that they contacted City’s chief negotiator Txiki Begiristain to issue an angry hands-off warning to the Blues and their director of football.
It is said that the north London club have claimed City have unsettled the 21-year-old because of their interest in the right-back.
The report also states that the Gunners feel City’s pursuit of Bellerin has thrown a spanner into their negotiations with the player over a new long-term deal.
Arsenal had looked to offer the Spaniard improved terms, after Barcelona were linked with the defender earlier in the summer.
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However, the contract talks over the terms have failed to make much progress and now Arsenal feel that City’s interest has complicated the negotiations.
Bellerin has known new Manchester City manager Guardiola since he emerged through the Barcelona ranks in his teens.
The 21-year-old has developed himself into one of the Premier League’s most capable right-backs and was named by his peers in the PFA Premier League team of 2015/16.
Bellerin is contracted to the Gunners until 2019 and could have followed in the footsteps of Bacary Sagna and Samir Nasri by making the switch to Manchester.
The right-back is expected to maintain his number one spot in the team this season ahead of Mathieu Debuchy, Calum Chambers and Carl Jenkinson.
In other Arsenal transfer news, the Gunners have beaten Manchester United to the signature of Norway’s Erik Tobias Sandberg.