Hector Bellerin praised by Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique after Arsenal v Barcelona

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Arsenal fans could be forgiven if they felt a little concerned that Hector Bellerin will eventually follow in the footsteps of Cesc Fabregas by leaving the Gunners for Barcelona.

The Spanish right-back is from Barcelona and spent his formative years with the Catalan giants before joining Arsenal in 2011.

So, the Gunners’ faithful are bound to feel a mixture of anger and fear after discovering that Bellerin was approached by Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique after Tuesday night’s Champions League clash at the Emirates Stadium.


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According to Sport, Iniesta and Pique spoke with Bellerin about his impressive progression with the north London outfit and wished him well for the rest of the season.

The 20-year-old coped admirably with Neymar and will have no doubt impressed Barcelona’s coaches as well as the Spanish media.

Barcelona need a successor for Dani Alves

Dani Alves put pen-to-paper on a new two-year contract with Barcelona last summer, but the Brazilian full-back turns 33 in May.

He remains one of the best - if not the best - right-backs in the world, although it’s only sensible that Barça will be looking at potential successors.

As a Catalan, and one of the best upcoming right-backs in European football, Bellerin would be a perfect fit for the reigning European champions.

Bellerin happy with decision to join Arsenal

But he made the decision to leave Barcelona for Arsenal in order to boost his chances of first-team football - and in an interview with the Daily Mail in December, he made it clear that he feels he made the right decision.

“When you get to 16 at Barcelona, it's the age that you sign your main contract. I was about to sign that but we knew there were a lot of other options because you always get them from other teams at that time,” Bellerin commented.

“I didn't have the option to come to Arsenal until I was right about to sign with Barcelona. When it came, they were so serious about it, more serious than any other team. They made me feel really wanted.

“I came here for a weekend. I met the boss and I remember I went to the game. We beat Manchester United and I remember [Aaron] Ramsey scoring. I still have all those images in my mind.

“To be 16 years old, to be able to speak to the boss and get reassured that they really wanted me, plus seeing all the facilities at the training ground and how easy they were going to make it for me to adapt, it all made me tell my parents that I wanted to come here.

“I remember I was on the plane back and I already said to my mum that I wanted to come to Arsenal. My mum was like, ‘Are you sure you can leave your family and friends?’ But there was something inside telling me this was the right choice to make and at the moment, I'm very happy that I made that step.”

Bellerin not thinking about Barcelona return

A couple of months earlier, in October, Bellerin reassured Arsenal fans that he was not thinking about a return to the Camp Nou.

"I came to Arsenal to stay here,” the defender was quoted as telling Marca by the Mirror. "I’m not thinking about going back.

"I’m happy and I’m playing. It’s my fifth season and I feel like this is my home. I see it as very difficult to leave."

But when Barcelona come calling, which they will, Arsenal fans know that it’ll be difficult for Bellerin - just as it was for Fabregas - to say no.

Arsenal fans: do you believe Hector Bellerin will still be a Gunner in five years time? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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