Arsenal: Arsene Wenger Wants New Deal For Star Defender As Pep Guardiola Circles

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger at Olimpico Stadium, Rome, September 1, 2014. Wenger will reportedly offer star defender Hector Bellerin a five-year deal to keep him at Emirates Stadium. Marco Tacca/Getty

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will offer star defender Hector Bellerin a massive new contract to ward off Europe's top clubs, according to reports.

Bellerin, 21, arrived from Barcelona in 2011 as a youth player and has established himself as one of the English Premier League's best right backs.

Naturally, that has attracted the interest of European football's hungriest sharks, with Barcelona said to be preparing a bid to take the Spaniard back to Camp Nou.

Most worrying for Wenger, however, is the urbane figure of Pep Guardiola making doe eyes at Bellerin. To stave off Manchester City, The Sun has reported that Arsenal will offer him a new five-year contract.

Of course, should Bellerin sign, that does not mean he will not be sold, should an unrefusable offer be forthcoming from City or Barcelona.

But locking him down would provide some relief for Wenger as the Frenchman also attempts to finalize new contracts for two of his other world-class players, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.

Amid reports linking him to the England manager's job—his contract at Arsenal ends at the end of this season—Wenger's side heads into the international break third in the Premier League, two points behind Guardiola's City, which occupies the top spot.