Arsenal starlet inspired by Cesc Fabregas transfer

Hector Bellerin reveals that Cesc Fabregas was an inspiration to him following his transfer to Arsenal from Barcelona

Hector Bellerin has revealed that Cesc Fabregas’ transfer to Arsenal from Barcelona as a teenager served as inspiration for his own move to the north London club.

Bellerin joined the Gunners as a 16-year-old after opting to follow in the footsteps of the Spain midfielder and move to Emirates Stadium, calling time on his spell at Barcelona.

Like Fabregas, Bellerin is a product of Barcelona’s famous La Masia academy, and the 20-year-old has gone on to establish himself as a regular in Arsenal’s first-team at right-back after joining the club back in 2011.

And Bellerin admits that he looked up to how former Arsenal captain Fabregas impressed following his own move to Arsenal back in 2003.

Bellerin told Goal: “He definitely was a big inspiration to me. To see someone else make the same move as me and be successful was really important for me.

“To leave my family, friends, my city… to see that someone succeeded was really important and showed that it could happen if you work hard and want it enough.

“It’s definitely been a hard journey, lots of ups and downs. Moving to London was a really hard thing for me, but I had a lot of support and I’m really happy that I made that step and came here.

“I think all the work has paid off after such a great season to be here now.”

Fabregas, who joined Chelsea after being deemed surplus to requirements at Barcelona last summer, helped the Blues win the Premier League title and League Cup last season.

Arsenal take on West Ham United on Sunday.

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