Arsenal fans have spent years wondering which of our best players would be cherry picked by some of Europe´s biggest clubs, including all three of our main Premier League rivals; Chelsea, Man City and Man United. For a long time the worst offender was the Catalan club Barcelona and even though we did get Cesc Fabregas off them as a youngster, it was only because they let him go from their La Masia academy and then they took him back when he was playing well for Arsenal.
Thankfully for us Gooners, our current first choice right back Hector Bellerin is not showing any signs of doing a Fabregas on us. He has frequently dismissed any rumours linking him with a return to La Liga andf has declared his happiness to stay in London and have a long career as a Gunner.
I´m sure Barca would love to have him back though, as their former youth coach Andres Carrasco has revealed that he always had a great attitude and excelled at every level in their academy and the coach has tipped Bellerin for the very top.
Carrasco told Sky Sports, “The psychological aspect is very important.
“Bellerin was a boy who seemed 20 when he was 15.
“When you have a player like Bellerin, who has gone through all the different age groups until 16 [you know] he is going to be of a very high standard both technically and tactically.”
There has been a lot of talk about Bellerin and his potential over the last year or so, and of course he will improve with time and experience, but as a Metro report shows, his stats show that the young Gunner is already the best right back in the EPL this season. The defensive side of his game is impressive enough but it is going forward where Bellerin´s true brilliance comes out.
In fact he has created more clear cut chances than the best players in the world this season in any position. His seven is only matched by Dortmund´s Mkhitaryan and puts him above Luis Suarez and Ozil and Insigne on six and for a right back that is pretty amazing.
So have Arsenal really got the best right back in the Prem, Europe or even the world, or are we getting a bit ahead of ourselves here?