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Official: Hector Bellerin out for the rest of the season

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Arsenal have confirmed that Hector Bellerin will be sidelined for the remainder of this season due to an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury

The Spanish right-back ruptured the ACL in his left knee against Chelsea on Saturday at the Emirates Stadium after seemingly twisting his knee before falling.

Bellerin, who only returned to action on January 12 after a three-week absence due to a calf problem, was stretchered off the pitch in the 72nd-minute.

Manager Unai Emery admitted things didn’t look good for the former Barcelona youth defender with reports stating that his season is over.

Now Arsenal have confirmed the bad news with Bellerin facing up to between six and nine months out of action.

“Further to the injury sustained during our match against Chelsea on Saturday, we can confirm that Hector has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee,” read a statement on Arsenal.com.

“Hector will undergo surgery to repair this in the coming days. The rehabilitation process is expected to take between six to nine months and therefore rules Hector out of action for the remainder of this season.

“Everyone at the club will now be working as hard as we can to ensure Hector is back on the pitch as soon as possible next season.”

Bellerin has made five assists in 19 Premier League appearances for Arsenal this season.

First-half goals from French duo Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny gave Arsenal a 2-0 victory over London rivals Chelsea at the Emirates.

Unai Emery’s side are now just three points off Chelsea in fifth-place as the battle for a top-four spot in the Premier League heats up.

Coming up next for the Gunners is a fourth-round clash in the FA Cup on Friday at the Emirates against old rivals Manchester United, who are level on points with them in the league.