Mikel Arteta: Why Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin has a bright future
Mikel Arteta is expecting Hector Bellerin to develop into a top player for Arsenal in the seasons to come
Mikel Arteta has heaped praise on Hector Bellerin, with the Arsenal captain fully expecting the teenager to develop into a top player for the Gunners.
The 19-year-old right-back made his first start for Arsene Wenger’s side in last week’s 2-0 Champions League defeat by Dortmund and could feature against Southampton in the League Cup third round on Wednesday night.
And Gunners captain Arteta is hoping that the Spaniard will become a key player for the north London club in the seasons to come.
“I think he’s a top player,” the captain told Arsenal’s official matchday programme.
“He can be the right back of Arsenal for many years in my opinion, provided he gets the chance. Mentally, he handles what is requested to play at the highest level. He’s got pace, he’s got technique and he’s a very positive guy.
“I talk to Hector a lot. He’s been around for years and we’ve been talking to each other for a long time. I know him well because he’s taken part in pre-season a few times with us already.
“He’s a very confident guy and we treat him as any other player because he’s part of our squad. Hopefully he’s going to become a top player at the club.”