Hector Bellerin has been a revelation at right-back this season, and Arsene Wenger is convinced he’s “a real Arsenal player”, despite recently being linked with a move back to Barcelona, as reported by the Daily Mail.
The 20-year-old has really stepped up this campaign, and has been superb in the absence of our unlucky summer signing Mathieu Debuchy.
With the Frenchman suffering both a severe ankle injury and a dislocated shoulder, he has barely featured this season. Hector Bellerin and Calum Chambers were the ones to fill the void, with the former La Liga starlet emerging as the undisputed first choice.
Wenger has admitted to being surprised at just how quickly the Spaniard has broken into the first team, but has praised him for adapting so well.
“I’m surprised how quickly he has settled in and that’s down to personality,” Wenger is quoted as saying on Arsenal’s official website.
“I’m convinced that he has adapted very well. He had some difficult starts, at Borussia Dortmund, but he has recovered very well and has improved permanently.
“He and Calum Chambers are only 20 years old now and they have both had outstanding first seasons together. Bellerin came at the age of 16, so I consider him as a real Arsenal player.”
It’s only natural that when a young player performs well at Arsenal he will attract the attention of some of the top European clubs, so Bellerin was never likely to be any different.
Our transfer history with the Catalan giants made it even more inevitable, with reports of Barcelona DNA sure to emerge.
The young full-back has been nurtured well at Arsenal, and looks capable of becoming a future great. Hopefully we can hold onto him for years to come, as we really look to be building something great at the Emirates.