Arsenal star Hector Bellerin: Why Man City defender was a great mentor
Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin runs rule over Bacary Sagna's influence on his career
Hector Bellerin has described Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna as a great mentor.
The France international was Arsenal’s first-choice right-back when Bellerin completed a move to the north London side from La Liga giants Barcelona in 2011.
He wouldn’t stop winning balls in the air, was always tight defensively and when going forward he was always good at creating chances
Former Auxerre defender Sagna moved to Premier League leaders City on a free transfer in 2014 after seven years at the Gunners.
Bellerin played alongside Sagna for two seasons before the 32-year-old’s move to The Etihad, and the Spain Under-21 international lifted the lid on the Frenchman’s influence on his career.
“He was the right-back at Arsenal when I arrived and the player I looked at the most,” Bellerin told Sky Sports.
“He was a great mentor for me, especially defensively. He wouldn’t stop winning balls in the air, was always tight defensively and when going forward he was always good at creating chances.”
Sagna scored five times in 284 appearances for the north London outfit during a seven-season stay at Emirates Stadium.
Bellerin has already established himself as Arsene Wenger’s first-choice right-back this term, making one assist in 10 Premier League appearances.
The 20-year-old’s recent injury setback as given Sagna’s compatriot Mathieu Debuchy the chance to make the right-back spot his own.
Arsenal are in second place in the Premier League table ahead of their trip to West Brom next weekend.