Hector Bellerin has risen to prominence at Arsenal this season. [Picture GETTY]
Arsenal’s young Spanish right-back Hector Bellerin, has really shown so much promising talent in a such a short space of time since his arrival from Barcelona in the summer of 2011.
The youngster, who recently turned 20, signed his first professional contract at Arsenal in the summer of 2013 and has gradually risen through the ranks at Arsenal and also making his way into the hearts of many Arsenal fans and football lovers alike.
After making his senior debut for Arsenal in September 2013 against West Brom, Bellerin was shipped out on a short-term loan spell to Championship side Watford in January 2014.
He was however, called back after an impressive spell of eight games, due to a number of defensive injuries rocking Arsene Wenger’s side.
Going into the 2014/2015 season, Hector was selected in the squad for the Emirates Cup, in which he showed great signs of a promising season ahead with a superb performance.
It had looked as though his time was not soon coming, after Arsenal signed two right-backs – Newcastle’s Mathieu Debuchy and Southampton’s Calum Chambers, two very good right-backs in their equal rights.
However a shoulder injury to first choice right-back, Debuchy and a drop in form to Chambers paved a way for the young Spaniard to make his first UEFA Champions League debut. A 2-0 away loss to Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund in September 2014.
Although many fans had blamed Bellerin for a poor Champions League night-out, it was however, a poor performance from the entire team on the night.
Bellerin’s only assist thus far came in an impressive 4-1 home win against Newcastle in mid-December, setting up Olivier Giroud for his second goal of the game at the Emirates. It concluded a fine individual display from the former Barca man, who was starting to show real promise.
His first goal came on the first day in February this year against Aston Villa, where he capped off an emphatic 5-0 home rout with a controlled drive from outside the visitors’ 25-yard area. It was clear for all to see that Bellerin had seriously announced himself to the Arsenal crowd.
Last weekend, he doubled his goal tally for the senior team, scoring the opening goal in a vital 4-1 thrashing of Liverpool.
Some good build-up work between midfield duo Mesut Özil and Aaron Ramsey set up the youngster, who darted his way into the box tricking his way past the opposition defender and compatriot, Alberto Moreno, before curling the ball around Kolo Touré and past a helpless Simon Mignolet.
The football gods could well be shining on Hector – after all if it was not for key injuries to Mathieu Debuchy, Nacho Monreal and a drop in form to Calum Chambers, the Spaniard may still be out on another loan spell.
However, it is admirable to see that he has taken his opportunity in the first-team with both hands and it would take something miraculous to shift him from the starting line-up at the moment, considering his great form in recent weeks.
Wenger has always encouraged his full-backs to attack, providing a lot of width and this is something Bellerin has already shown on many occasions.
He has shown to be more than just a back-up defender and it would be a massive shock if he is not Arsenal first-choice right-back for the rest of the season and beyond. Something that would ensure the likes of Barca, who are already making enquires, are kept far away from the youngster.
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