Hector Bellerin: I was really close to leaving Arsenal

Hector Bellerin reveals that he came close to leaving Arsenal on loan before his run in the Gunners' first-team

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Hector Bellerin has revealed that he came close to leaving Arsenal on loan before his run in the Gunners’ first-team.

The 20-year-old Spaniard has been a regular fixture in the Gunners’ starting line-up this season after injuries to first-choice right-back Mathieu Debuchy.

Bellerin has scored two goals and made one assist in 17 Premier League games for Arsene Wenger’s men to help the Gunners up to third place in the table.

The Spaniard says that he was close to moving away from Emirates Stadium at the beginning of the campaign before his sustained run in the north London club’s starting line-up.

Bellerin told Arsenal’s website: “I was really close to leaving on loan again and was talking to the coaches about where to go next season, but it turned out way differently.

“I knew that I was going to work hard wherever I was, fight for a spot wherever I was, and that’s what I did. I got my chance and I think I took it.

“There were a few not so good performances at the beginning but then I was really happy that the boss gave me the chance to show people what I had in me.

“I think I’ve been more comfortable in the last few performances – from the beginning of the year onwards – and I’m really enjoying my football.”

Bellerin, who also made four Champions League starts this term, will be hoping to feature when Arsenal travel to Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

The Gunners are currently two points ahead of the Red Devils and have played a game less than Louis van Gaal’s men.

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