Hector Bellerin was one of the surprise packages of the 2014/15 season, and his emergence at right-back was absolutely phenomenal. The young Spaniard claims he wouldn’t even be at Arsenal if it weren’t for Cesc Fabregas however, insisting on Arsenal Fan TV that seeing his compatriot succeed at the club was a huge boost for him.
Bellerin joined us from Barcelona at 16-years-old, just like Fabregas did. It took the young right-back slightly longer than the now Chelsea midfielder to break into the Arsenal first team, but once he did so he did it with a real bang.
In a recent interview with Arsenal Fan TV, Bellerin discussed his move to North London. It was a massive change for such a young player, and he insists it may not have happened if it wasn’t for the influence of Fabregas.
“Cesc was a big inspiration,” Bellerin told Arsenal Fan TV.
“To see someone who made the same move and success, for me it was very important to see that happen.
“It was an important move for me, moving away from my family and friends and my city.
“But to see someone has succeeded as I said was really important and he showed that if you work hard, if you want it enough, you will always have a chance.”
There are many reasons for Arsenal fans to dislike Cesc Fabregas now, but it seems we have to thank him for at least one thing. He may have left us rather unceremoniously, but at least he helped bring a player who looks like a real star of the future to the club.
You can see the interview below:
Bellerin proved hugely important to our season in 2014/15, with injuries to Mathieu Debuchy leaving us short at right-back. The Frenchman may well struggle to get his starting spot back next season, and Bellerin has the potential to be our first-choice right-back for years to come.