Posted on Sunday, 3rd July 2011 by Tony Merakli
The 16-year-old right-back made his move to the Emirates before signing a professional deal with the Catalan club, just like Cesc Fabregas did back in 2003.
Bellerin told Spanish TV programme Punto Pelota:
‘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.’
Although Bellerin may have been one for the future at Barca, the youngster knew that it would be very difficult to break into the first-team at the Camp Nou.
Undoubtedly, the Spain Under-16 international, who is likely to wear the number 2 on his back this season, will be given his fair share of chances at Arsenal, and under the guidance and tuition of Arsene Wenger, Bellerin could potentially develop into a fine player in years to come.
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