Arsenal’s defender, Hector Bellerin has revealed what made him choose Arsenal when he was 16. The player never saw himself playing in a defensive position but has developed into a regular player in the team’s defensive line-up. In a recent interview he revealed his story about arriving at the London club and what made him choose Wenger’s side over the Catalan giants.
“When you get to 16 at Barcelona, it’s the age that you sign your main contract. I was about to sign that, but we knew there were a lot of other options because you always get them from other teams at that time. I didn’t have the option to come to Arsenal until I was right about to sign with Barcelona,” Bellerin said, speaking to Arsenal’s official website.
“When it came, they were so serious about it, more serious than any other team. They made me feel really wanted. I came here for a weekend. I met the boss and I remember I went to the game. We beat Manchester United and I remember [Aaron] Ramsey scoring. I still have all those images in my mind. To be 16 years old, to be able to speak to the boss and get reassured that they really wanted me, plus seeing all the facilities at the training ground and how easy they were going to make it for me to adapt, it all made me tell my parents that I wanted to come here. “
“I remember I was on the plane back and I already said to my mum that I wanted to come to Arsenal. My mum was like, ‘Are you sure you can leave your family and friends?’ But there was something inside telling me this was the right choice to make and, at the moment, I’m very happy that I made that step.”
Bellerin has started in 20 games for the Gunners this season in which he has only been booked once. In the 14 premier league appearances so far, the 20-year old has maintained 7 clean sheets and made 37 clearances. He has developed himself as a regular first-team player and often makes crucial runs for assisting in counter-attacks too.