Bellerin set for summer duty with Spain, ready for Arsenal recall


Hector Bellerin says that he feels 100% over his ankle problems, and that he’s ready to play in the U21 European Championships this summer.

The Spaniard has suffered a dip in form this season, partly due to ongoing ankle issues, and last week Arsene Wenger said he thought it would be better for him to rest this summer and come back fresh for the new season.

“It is not ideal after a long season,” he said.

“He should have a rest and prepare for next season. The Spanish players love to play for their country, and I think he will go as he loves to play for Spain.”

However, speaking after the 2-1 win over Man City in the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday, Bellerin seemed determined to play if called up by manager Albert Celades.

“I really want to play in the European Under 21,” he told IB Times.

“Representing Spain is very important. If Celades gives me the chance I’ll be there.”

And on his recent spell out of the team, usurped in the last couple of games at right wing-back by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, he said he’d wait for his chance to show what he can do.

“The truth is that I had a difficult injury but I think that I am at 100% now and I’ll try to prove it when I get the chance,” he said.

“I am here for when the manager needs me. I am ready to play in every formation and wherever, I will be ready for when the boss decides to give me the opportunity.”

For more on the semi-final, the performance, and puppies, check out this week’s Arsecast Extra

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