Arsenal’s under-19 right-back Hector Bellerin has hailed the pedagogical influence of Bacary Sagna after an eye-catching performance, which included an assist for Serge Gnabry’s, in last night’s NextGen Series win over CSKA Moscow
The 18-year-old Spanish youth international, who was signed from Barcelona in the summer of 2011, has cut an impressive figure at London Colney this year progressing to the Reserves with many now tipping him for a first team appearance next season.
Reflecting on the benefits of training with Arsene Wenger’s first team squad, Bellerin told London24:
“I’ve trained with [the first team] a couple of times. It’s good to get involved with the top players and I enjoy it every time I get the chance.
“Sagna is always an example for me because he is a very, very good right-back,” he continued.
“He assesses me and helps me with everything. It’s a great experience to train with him.”
Looking ahead to Friday’s semi-final clash with Chelsea, to be played in Italy’s Lake Como (presumably not on the water itself), he spoke with all the fighting spirit of his Trojan namesake.
“We feel like we can beat any team now, and our team spirit is unbelievable.
“We’ve got motivation so whoever comes we are going to be 100 per cent.”
Those who watched Bellerin last night can’t fail to have been impressed by his lively showing, however, with Carl Jenkinson and the aforementioned Sagna ahead of him in the pecking order he’ll have to bide his time before he gets a chance in the first time. Of course, that might change if the Frenchman leaves this summer…