Hector Bellerin has experienced a meteoric rise at Arsenal over the last 18 months. Not only is he now the outright first-choice right-back for Arsene Wenger, but he is also widely considered to be the best right-back in the Premier League.
Not only has his incredible pace when tracking back saved the Gunners on several occasions this season, but his penchant for attacking has seen him collect four assists across all competitions.
His most notable assist came in the 2-0 win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Intercepting a pass, Bellerin sprinted past Bayern Munich's defensive line before crossing the ball into the box to find Mesut Ozil, who sealed a famous victory.
Coincidentally, it was in that very same game at the Emirates that the 20-year-old faced his toughest opponent to date. While he may have come out victorious, the Spanish U21 international spent most of the night being turned inside out by Douglas Costa.
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The Brazilian, renowned for his pace and trickery, was quite possibly Bayern Munich's most dangerous player on the night and, at times, he got the better of Arsenal's young full-back.
"Probably Douglas Costa," Bellerin told Amuse, as reported by Goal, when asked the question.
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"You make mistakes in a game, but if you come away with a win, that's all gone. The result is all that matters, and we won that game."
Back to Barcelona
Thanks largely to that win, Arsenal won the right to play against Barcelona in the round of 16, which, for Bellerin, represents a return to his former club. While he never came close to the senior side at Camp Nou, he was part of the La Masia academy for eight years.
All being well, he should face his former side across two legs in February and March. He admits it will be a big moment for his family and is confident of getting a result against the reigning champions.
Getting a result
"I played for Barcelona for eight years, so it's a massive thing for me and my family, who have been watching me since I was young," he added.
"The day the draw was announced I started getting texts and calls from everyone. It's crazy how a game moves so many people.
"We're very excited – it's going to be a hard game, but if we did it against Bayern, then we can do it against Barcelona. We have a great team mentality and our confidence is very high, so we fancy anyone at the moment."
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