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Moving to Arsenal has "paid off", says Hector Bellerin

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Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin has revealed his delight at his decision to join the Gunners in 2013, insisting that it was the right choice to make.

The 20-year-old, since making completing a move from La Masia, Barcelona's well-known academy, has solidified his place in Arsene Wenger's starting line-up ahead of Frenchman Mathieu Debuchy despite making only 25 league appearances.

A midfielder in his younger days, the speedy right-back has gone from strength to strength during his time in north London and boasts the reputation as one of Europe's most promising youth prospects.

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An unknown entity when he arrived two years ago, Bellerin burst onto the scene in emphatic style last season with a string of strong performances, and having recently signed a new long-term contract, commented on his happiness at the club.

"It has paid off," he said, according to Sky Sports. "I am very happy with the decision I made. It was hard, but I always say the train comes just once and you either take it or you don't."

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"I took it and I am very happy with the opportunity Arsenal have given me and very happy to be in the position I am in today.

"I've always said the reason I came to Arsenal is because I want to stay here and I am not thinking about going anywhere else."

Such is the rise of Bellerin, an international career seems to be in the offing given his inclusion in Vicente del Bosque's side earlier this month for Spain's Euro 2016 qualifier.

The right-back, though, wasn't involved in either game against Slovakia or Macedonia, but hope prevails for the lightning-fast defender given that neither Real or Atletico Madrid's Dani Carvajal and Juanfran respectively have secured their place as no.1 choice.

And while reports were rife over the summer that the Spaniard was interested in a move back to Barcelona, it appears clear - for now - that his heart lies with Arsenal and Arsene Wenger, who can lay a substantial claim to firing Bellerin into the limelight.

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