Hector Bellerin’s incredible progression in the Arsenal first team this season has seen him earn a first-call up to the Spanish u-21 squad for their upcoming internationals.
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It’s no coincidence this has occurred after a sustained and impressive run in the Arsenal side which has seen the 20-year-old earn a number of admirers with his incredible speed and forays up and down the flank.
But the fact an international call-up at this level is even being discussed this season speaks of Bellerin’s strength of character and ability given how the way his first Arsenal start unfortunately went.
Coming off the back of a freak injury to Mathieu Debuchy, Bellerin was thrown in, quite literally, at the deep end and forced to start against Borussia Dortmund as Arsenal’s resources in defence melted away.
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It was a steep learning curve for the former Barcelona man, that as much is clear, but since that day he has gone from strength to strength.
So much so that there’s even talk from the terraces that perhaps Debuchy shouldn’t automatically return to the starting XI and may have to fight for his place in the Arsenal squad when he recovers from a dislocated shoulder.
Just last season, Bellerin was on-loan at Watford and must have been dreaming of the day he might earn a fleeting Arsenal call-up.
But today, he’s on the brink of a quite sensational career.