Arsenal fans worry after Hector Bellerin is named in Spain squad

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Hector Bellerin has been announced in Spain's final squad for Euro 2016 after Vicente del Bosque named 19 of his 23-man pool ahead of Tuesday's deadline.

The Arsenal right-back only made his debut for Spain on Sunday, appearing in a 3-1 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina. He will fill in for Real Madrid's Dani Carvajal, who aggravated a muscle injury during the Champions League final on Saturday.

Bellerin was an obvious choice for Del Bosque as the 21-year-old had been named in the Premier League Team of the Season after a fine campaign for the Gunners.


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For Bellerin, it is another significant step in his still-young career and capped what has been a rather incredible two years for him. Indeed, this time in 2014 he was nowhere near the Arsenal first-team let alone the national squad.

Now he is widely considered to be the best right-back in the Premier League and Arsenal fans far and wide are hoping to retain his services for the foreseeable future. But many of them are anticipating a problem on the horizon. 

A problem

Every time Bellerin puts in a terrific display, that problem moves closer. That problem is Barcelona. Having plucked him from the famous La Masia academy in Catalonia, Bellerin has taken the exact path that Cesc Fabregas trod before him.

Of course, Fabregas ended his journey with Arsenal by re-signing for his hometown club and there is a genuine fear that Bellerin will do the same thing. Barcelona are in need of a new right-back after Dani Alves reportedly agreed a three-year deal with Juventus and Bellerin would seem the perfect replacement.

As a result, many are fretting about Bellerin becoming a little bit too close to the Barcelona players over the summer. Five players from Camp Nou have been named in the Spain squad with Gerard Pique probably the one most likely to try and tap up Bellerin.

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Looking on Twitter, you can see exactly how some Arsenal fans are feeling. We have embedded some of the best below.

Bellerin happy

The player himself has offered Arsenal fans some reassurance in recent days, admitting that he is happy to stay under the stewardship of Arsene Wenger in north London despite interest from Barcelona.

He did, however, admit it was "really nice" to hear that Luis Enrique was interested in signing him.

He said: “I don’t really get informed about offers.

“My agent is the one that works on these sort of things, but I’m happy to receive interest from such great clubs. As a player it’s really nice.

“Right now I’m very happy where I am, at Arsenal and focusing on the national team. With these things, until you don’t know what to do until they arrive.

“If Alves leaves they will need a full-back, there are lots in Europe.”

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