Monday, November 28, 2022

Bellerin: Emerging young talent keeps players on their toes

After seeing Emile Smith-Rowe score a fantastic goal in yesterday’s pre-season encounter with Atletico Madrid, Hector Bellerin says that the quality of the young players at the club will ensure that those in more senior positions take nothing for granted about their places in the team.

The 17 year old midfielder will have impressed new boss Unai Emery with his contribution, and while he might be some way from regular first team action, knowing there are good players coming through the ranks keeps the more established stars on their toes.

That was put to the Spanish full-back yesterday, and he was in complete agreement, saying, “Definitely. Everyone, not just me.

“There’s players in all positions with quality and they have a chance to impress the coach.

“I came from the academy, the same way they did and I’m really happy in this place.”

He also cast his eye over Smith-Rowe who has impressed his teammates since he began training with the main group.

“It was a great goal,” he said. “We’ve been training with him for a long time now and he’s a bright young player.

“He’s got the right attitude and has the right conditions for him to make it. It’s all about him now to get his head in the game and I’m sure he’ll get his chance.”

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He’s only 23, pretty young himself.


17 playing for the Arsenal, What a dream.


I’m excited to see what Bellerin can do under a new manager/ system. Lot of people seem to have forgotten how electric he was in that breakthrough season.


Iwobi and Ox were the same, sensations when they broke through but over time seemed to be dragged down by the general malaise around the club and a lack of guidance/development. Hoping Emery can reverse the trend we’ve had with young players lately.


Im hoping Bellerin has a big season and a haircut. Hopefully Lichtsteiner will push him this season as he hasn’t really had competition for a starting place since he burst into the first team. He’s been given the number 2 and he’s already come out and said what a dream it is to wear it. Let’s hope he fulfills his and our expectations. It’s really interesting to see that Kolasinac didn’t get given the Number 3 jersey either, or ask for it?. I fully expected this after Gibbs Left. Not that it reads too much into things, but to some… Read more »


I really think you need to grow your hair a bit longer. I just can’t stand people whose hair are not at my preferred minimum length at least. And bald people should live on an isolated island altogether. Ugh!


Seems sarcasm is lost on some.


Hector, don’t cut your hair, you look stunning….! Swoon…. Touch of the Bobby Pires about Hector me thinks…


The young players don’t look out of place in the team at all


After a genuine break from footy this summer I’ve lost the plot… Where’s Nacho??

Daan van Lith

Probably still on holiday as he was at the WC


Players like Fabregas only once in a decade. Feels like another decade by now.

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