Arsene Wenger says he always felt Hector Bellerin could be something special for Arsenal, but has warned that despite a fantastic breakthrough season and the signing of a new contract, he can’t feel assured of his place in the team.
The 20 year old right-back was handed a chance when Mathieu Debuchy got injured last season, and took it with aplomb, but the Arsenal manager says the quality and experience of the French international will provide Bellerin with real competition.
Speaking about his expectations for the Spaniard next season, he said, “I expect him to confirm all the good aspects of his game that he has shown, and to accept that he has a tough challenge with Mathieu Debuchy.
“Mathieu is a guy who has always shown unbelievable mental strength and has top quality. He’s a regular player in the French national team so Hector cannot rest. He has a big battle to face.”
The former Barcelona youngster talked this week of how working with Arsene Wenger was a big draw for him, and it seems the manager was equally impressed when the pair met.
“He’s a very serious, mature boy,” he said. “I met him when he was 15, and I could see straight away that there was something special on the hunger side, on the desire and maturity side.
“He was a very mature boy very early.”
His Arsenal future is now secured until 2020, and we’re looking forward to seeing him grow even further as a player.