Having recently converted his Arsenal first team squad number from 39 to 24, this latest amendment over serves to mark the rise of Hector Bellerin who enjoyed a fantastic breakthrough campaign last season.
Having spent part of the 2013/14 campaign on loan at then Championship outfit Watford, the Spanish starlet couldn’t have imagined how well the next season would’ve played out for him.
With Arsenal swooping to complete the double signings of Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers this time last summer, Bellerin may have thought another season of playing Under-21 football or a similar loan switch away from Emirates Stadium may have been on the cards but oh how wrong he was.
Following a long-term injury to Mathieu Debuchy, not to mention Chambers being found out in that difficult away day to Swansea City last term, the sprightly Bellerin was called upon an increasing amount of times and he didn’t disappoint.
Talked about a lot previously due to the fact he broke a sprinting record at the club, Bellerin’s pace is undeniable up the Gunners’ right flank and he yet again proved in yesterday’s Barclays Asia Trophy fixture with a Singapore Select XI that he boasts a crossing threat, setting up Chuba Akpom for the fourth.
Bellerin’s rise has Gooners excited and although they might not like hearing it at the moment, if he continues to improve at the rate he is currently setting, perhaps former academy employers Barcelona will be keen on re-signing him in the future.
With that prospect simply metaphoric at present, we’re taking a look at five Gunners starlets who could be following Bellerin into Arsene Wenger’s first team plans this season or next.
Click on the image below to reveal the 5 Arsenal youngsters to follow Hector Bellerin into the Gunners’ first team.