Why Arsenal will miss crocked Hector Bellerin in attack as much as they will defence

Today it was confirmed the Spaniard, 23, sustained a serious knee ligament injury and could miss around nine months.

Bellerin was left screaming in agony on the Emirates turf after landing awkwardly on his left leg.

Now Unai Emery may need to sign an emergency replacement, with Carl Jenkinson and Stephan Lichtsteiner the only other natural right-backs in the squad.

However, Bellerin will prove tricky to replace – both in defence and attack.

Once tipped to be on the brink of a move to Barcelona, the Spanish ace has been scintillating going forward.

His ability to take on the wing-back role often asked of him is up there with the best in the world.

Quick, smart and with a great right boot, Bellerin has racked up five Premier League assists this season.

That tally is bettered only by Juventus-bound Aaron Ramsey in the Arsenal squad.

ARSENAL 3 West Ham 1 – August 25, 2018

AFTER two losses to start the season, Emery finally earned his first win as Arsenal boss with a 3-1 win over West Ham.

Nacho Monreal and an Issa Diop own goal rescued the Gunners after slipping a goal behind, thanks to Marko Arnautovic.

And Bellerin helped seal the win as his assist for Danny Welbeck from the right made it three.

Fulham 1 ARSENAL 5 – October 7, 2018

BELLERIN helped Arsenal rub salt in the gaping wounds of Fulham in October.

With the Gunners already 3-1 up, his pinpoint low cross found Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to make it 4-1.

Auba scored a second – the team's fifth – in added time.

ARSENAL 3 Leicester 1 – October 22, 2018

ARSENAL had Bellerin – and Mesut Ozil – to thank for the victory over Leicester in October.

The Spanish full-back laid on two assists in the 3-1 victory – with the first a stunning one-two with Ozil before the German swept home a superb equaliser.

Bellerin then squared the ball for Aubameyang to make it 2-1, before the Gabon star added a third three minutes later.

ARSENAL 2 Chelsea 0 – January 19, 2019

MOST recently, Bellerin endured a bitter-sweet evening against Chelsea, on Saturday.

The defender's cross was superbly controlled by Alexandre Lacazette and fired into the net to go 1-0 and blow the race for the top-four wide open.

Laurent Koscielny made it 2-0 later in the game to secure the three points – but Arsenal were delivered a blow as Bellerin went off injured on a stretcher.

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