Arsenal fans wince every time Hector Bellerin is mentioned in the same sentence as Barcelona. They are still recovering from Cesc Fabregas's departure in 2011 and are fearing a repeat situation with regards to their new starlet.
And it seems the 20-year-old's talent has been fully recognised by those in Catalonia. Bellerin was voted as the Catalan Young Player of the Year earlier this month, receiving 57 per cent of the vote in a landslide victory.
With the international break now in full flow, the award ceremony took place in Barcelona with Gerard Pique, who won the senior version of the award, also in attendance.
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Bellerin released a picture of him holding his award and, after just one hour on Instagram, has already breached 19,000 likes.
He said: "Very proud moment for me & my family to win Catalan YPOTY Award! Time to keep working hard & aim for more!"
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A crucial player
Not only has Bellerin overtaken the experienced Mathieu Debuchy in Arsenal's pecking order, but the stats suggest that the Spain Under-21 international is a crucial part of Wenger's team.
The right-back has sat out Arsenal's last two games with a groin injury and they have failed to win both. Most notably, the defence crumbled in his absence against Bayern Munich, conceding five goals.
In fact, the Gunners have won just one of the six games Bellerin has not played in this season, losing four and drawing the other.
With Arsenal set for a busy run up until Christmas, the Gunners will be pining for Bellerin to get back to London quickly before those pesky Nou Camp officials attempt to keep him in Barcelona.
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