Hector Bellerin has been a revelation this season, and he has proved hugely important in the absence of our injury plagued summer signing Mathieu Debuchy.
The Spaniard claims he was close to leaving the club this past summer however, with another loan spell a potential option at the start of the campaign.
He admits that his meteoric rise has surprised even him, but insists he is relishing the opportunity he has been given in the first team.
“If someone would have told me that this was a position I would do well in this season, I wouldn’t have believed them,” the youngster said (via Arsenal.com).
“We’re still fighting for the second spot and we’re in the FA Cup final. Everything has been a surprise to me and I’m really, really enjoying it.
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“I was really close to leaving on loan again and was talking to the coaches about where to go next season, but it turned out way differently. I knew that I was going to work hard wherever I was, fight for a spot wherever I was, and that’s what I did. I got my chance and I think I took it.”
It would have been ridiculous to let Bellerin leave the club this past summer, as we would have been left short even without the injuries to Debuchy.
Calum Chambers has filled in at right-back at times this season, but it is more than evident that he is more suited to a central role.
We potentially may have kept hold of Carl Jenkinson if the 20-year-old Barcelona product was allowed to leave the club, but thankfully (as big a fan as I am of Jenkinson) that wasn’t the case.
With Bellerin’s emergence this season, we may potentially have seen the arrival of our new long-term right-back. He has the potential to be a truly top class defender, so hopefully there is no more talk of him leaving – in any capacity.