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Arsenal News: Barcelona Boy Hector Bellerin Targets First-Team Chances

Aneesh Gupta
1.30K   //    02 Jul 2011, 19:17 IST

Arsenal signing Hector Bellerin has revealed that he aims to be a part of the first-team in North London, and the opportunity to get more playing chances was a major factor in him moving from La Masia to Hertfordshire.

Hector Bellerin (left) is confident of getting playing chances at Arsenal

Despite all the rumors of Arsenal going for experienced players in the transfer market, it seems Arsene is still securing talent for the future, with Arsenal first securing the lanky Charlton defender Carl Jenkinson and then getting two youngster from the famous Barcelona youth academy, La Masia in the shape of  Jon  Toral and Hector Bellerin.

While the former is half English by virtue of his mother being English and plays in the midfield, the latter, a Spaniard can operate down the flank either as a winger or as a full back. Both 16 year olds are supposed to sign for Arsenal in the summer and Hector Bellerin while speaking on a Spanish TV programme discussed about why he chose to switch from the best side in Europe to Arsenal and his future plans once he joins the English side. He said-

“I was at home and my father called me to say Arsenal had been on the phone. We decided to go there to see how things are. I hadn’t made up my mind because I’d been at Barcelona all my life so it was very difficult.

“But after evaluating things I decided to join Arsenal. When you want to be a professional you have to look to make your way. And I believe the right path for me was to choose Arsenal.

“We met Mr. Wenger and it went so well. It was all too much for me but I paid full attention to everything he said. When there is a team that guarantees you can play in the first team and above all in the Premier League, then it is very difficult to say no.

“Mr. Wenger was explaining to me how the club was and the project they had prepared for me and above all he wanted to get to know me.”

There seems to be a lot of pupils at La Masia looking for future away from the Catalonian club with Chelsea recently being able to sign another of their pupils in the shape of Gael Etock.

Aneesh Gupta
Arsene Wenger fan, loves football and cricket
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