Hector Bellerin has revealed why he opted to leave Barcelona and join Arsenal and says he is glad he made the move as “it’s worked out really well”.
The 21-year-old began his career at Camp Nou but left for north London in 2011 making his full professional debut for Arsenal in 2013.
The full-back has explained that visiting Arsenal and watching them beat Manchester United in the Premier League was enough for him to commit his future to Arsene Wenger’s side.
“I had been playing for Barcelona for eight years already, it was a long time and of course I was loving the football,” he told Ball Street
“But it got to the point where Ididn’t feel that they were valuing me the same way as other players were which I feel they should have.
“I got that call from Arsenal and then [I thought] it could be a great experience. I came to London for a weekend, they showed me the training ground, spoke to the boss, I watched Arsenal beat Man U 2-0 at the Emirates so it was a great experience.
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“I was on the plane back and I had something in my head saying that I have to come here. There was something inside me telling me I had to take that step and it’s worked out really well.
“I just couldn’t wait to come. I literally had one week break that summer because at Barcelona we finished the season late and here we started really early. I just wanted to go, wanted to start.”
Arsenal actually won the game 1-0, thanks to an Aaron Ramsey goal, a result which not only gave the Gunners all three points against their rivals but, although they did not know it at the time, was also enough to tempt one of the game’s brightest prospects to the club.