Hector Bellerin admits watching Arsenal vs Man Utd convinced him to join

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At the age of 21, Hector Bellerin is already considered as one of the best right-backs in the Premier League and to many Arsenal fans, it's no surprise to see their highly rated ace be so heavily linked with a switch to Barcelona.

The Spaniard has been turning heads back in his home country with his recent performances at right-back - a position Barcelona have struggled to fill since letting Dani Alves move to Juventus last summer.

And as Bellerin spent most of his childhood at the Catalan giants' famous La Masia academy, it was only a matter of time before rumours would begin to circulate regarding a possible return.

A move remains unlikely for the time being and Arsene Wenger must now be feeling pretty chuffed with himself that he was able to convince the youngster to move to north London in 2011.

Bellerin has revealed that one of the factors that persuaded him to link up with Wenger was one particular Arsenal match he was invited to watch at the Emirates.

In an interview with Ball Street - which you can watch in full below - the 21-year-old admitted a win over Manchester United helped to sway his decision.

"I got that call from Arsenal and then (I thought) it could be a great experience,’ Bellerin said.

"I came to London for a weekend, they showed me the training ground, (I) spoke to the boss, I watched Arsenal beat Man U 2-0 at the Emirates so it was a great experience.

"I was on the plane back and I had something in my head saying that I have to come here. There was something inside me telling me I had to take that step and it’s worked out really well."

Quite a nice story, right?

There's one small slight hiccup in Bellerin's tale, however, as the game he is referring to Arsenal actually only beat Man United 1-0, courtesy of an Aaron Ramsey goal.

Nevertheless, Bellerin saw enough to convince him to sign on the dotted line.

And it turns out that one win for the Gunners over their old rivals was worth more than just three points that day.

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