The young Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin has been a dream since he was added to the Gunners first team by default, But all Gooners have been worried about Barcelona coming back to pinch their old academy player. We all know how long the tapping up of Cesc Fabregas went on to persuade him to return to the Nou Camp and there is no doubt that the Catalans will start trying to persuade the Spaniard to return home as soon as possible.
Our annual Champions League game against Barca is going to give his countrymen a big opportunity to start persuading Hector that he should be thinking of returning home in the near future, and the player himself has not helped our cause by saying it will be special to finally get on the pitch in his home-town. He said: “I had been there for so long but I never played for the first-team, only the academy. I have a lot of respect for the club. It will be special to go back where it all started and walk out at the Nou Camp.”
I seem to remember Fabregas had his girlfreind at the time on his back to move back to Spain as well as his family, and Bellerin’s first temptation has been sent by his grandmother, off all people! “It’s been a crazy week. After the draw, my grandma called and said her dream was to see me in the Nou Camp.
“She told me: ‘It will be good, but you are going to do it in a different shirt!’”
So there you have it, we will have rumours about more tapping up by the Barcelona players in the near future, and even more when he becomes a regular in the senior Spanish squad, which is inevitable.
When this happens, and I assure you it will, we must all remind him what actually happened to El Capitan when he forced through a move back home….