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Hector Bellerin

Dynamic full back Hector continued to improve during a highly-encouraging season in the first team, to the extent that he ended 2015/16 in the PFA Team of the Year.

The Barcelona-born defender signed a new long-term deal in July 2015 and went on to firmly established himself as Arsenal’s first-choice right back, making 44 appearances in all competitions and creating nine goals - third only to Mesut Ozil and Alexis.

Hector Bellerin Profile

Born March 19, 1995
Barcelona, Spain
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 24
Previous Club(s) Watford (loan)

Arguably his standout performance of the campaign came in the Premier League north London derby at White Hart Lane, where he set up both of Arsenal’s goals. Other memorable moments included a superb interception, run and eventual assist late on in a Champions League win at home to Bayern Munich and a last-ditch recovery to deny Bafetimbi Gomis away at Swansea.

Hector scored his only goal of the season to help Arsenal beat Watford - with whom he spent time on loan during 2013/14 - and he was handed his international debut soon after, playing 90 minutes in a pre-Euro 2016 friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

He was named in Spain’s squad for that tournament but did not play, with Vicente del Bosque’s side losing to Italy in the last 16. Having previously played for Barcelona, Hector joined Arsenal as a scholar in 2011 and impressed at youth level before making his first-team debut - in central midfield - as a substitute in a League Cup third-round tie against West Bromwich Albion in September 2014.

He broke into the first-team squad the following season, playing 28 times - including a start in the 2015 FA Cup final - and scoring his first professional goal against Aston Villa.

Hector Bellerin's Arsenal Career

  Prem Lge Europe FA Cup Lge Cup C. Shield Total
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2014-2015 17 + 3 2 4 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 25 + 3 2
2015-2016 36 1 6 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 44 1
2016-2017 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 55 + 3 3 10 0 4 0 1 0 1 0 71 + 3 3

My Year

  • 2015/16
  • 2014/15

July

Hector made three appearances in July, coming on as a substitute and assisting Chuba Akpom’s hat-trick goal, before featuring against Everton and Wolfsburg. The Spain Under-21 defender also signed a new long-term contract at the start of the month. Speaking after the contract announcement, Arsene Wenger said: “I expect him to confirm all the good aspects of his game that he has shown, and to accept that he has a tough challenge with Mathieu Debuchy.”

August

Hector played four times in August and was part of the side that beat Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley. Despite missing the season opener through injury, the right back went on to impress when he started against Crystal Palace, Liverpool and Newcastle United.

September

Hector played four times during September, helping Arsenal keep a clean sheet in the 2-0 win against Stoke City at Emirates Stadium after recovering from an injury that sidelined him at the start of the month.

October

Hector played five times in October and claimed assists against Bayern Munich and Watford. The defender was in fine form and part of the winning side for every game he played. Speaking after the 2-0 win against Bayern, Arsene Wenger said: “He was top level. I like the fact that he has that desire to get on top of his opponent until the last minute. That competitive edge he brings to the game.”

November

Hector played three times during November, despite suffering from a injury which ruled him out of the games against Bayern Munich and Tottenham. “He trusts in himself and that's very good for us,” Nacho Monreal said about the right back. "Since he's started to play the level of the team is improving so we are very proud of him. When I was 20 like him, I was scared every time I had to play at the beginning, but he's not. That's the secret for him, that he's so confident in himself.”

December

Hector played six times during December and helped Arsenal keep clean sheets against Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Olympiacos.

January

Hector featured five times during January and claimed two assists against Sunderland. The defender also helped the Gunners keep clean sheets against Stoke City and Newcastle United. After the 3-1 win against the Black Cats in the FA Cup, the Spaniard said: “We love this competition and the fans love this competition so we need to try and do our best.”

February

Hector featured five times during February and helped the Gunners keep clean sheets against Bournemouth and Southampton.

March

Hector played four times in March, and claimed two assists during the 2-2 draw against Tottenham and set up Alex Iwobi’s first senior goal against Everton. The defender also faced his former club Barcelona in the Champions League and helped the Gunners keep a clean sheet against Everton. Comparing the Catalan club with the Gunners, the Spaniard said: “They are both very big clubs and they have a lot of humility, like to play the ball and are very close to the fans. It’s nice that you’re coming from a club that has a football philosophy about keeping the ball, being in advanced positions around the pitch, playing one-touch around the box.”

April

Hector played in all six of Arsenal’s games in April and scored in the 4-0 win against Watford. The defender also helped the Gunners keep clean sheets against the Hornets, West Brom, Sunderland and Norwich. The 21-year-old’s fine form this season was recognised when he was named in the PFA Team of the Year.

May

Hector played twice in May and claimed an assist to complete Olivier Giroud’s hat-trick during the 4-0 win against Aston Villa on the last day of the season. The 21-year-old also finished third in the Player of the Season vote.

October

After making his Champions League debut against Borussia Dortmund in September, Hector was handed his Premier League debut against Hull City a month later, providing an attacking threat while defending well for 90 minutes. “Hector had a great performance," Nacho Monreal said after the game. "He's been training with us all season, so we know exactly what he can do and what type of potential he has. He took his opportunity in pre-season and he did it again on Saturday. He had a great game. He's very young and he has a long way to go in his development. Given that he is so young and he does have such potential, I think he's going to have a great career ahead of him."

November

Hector was in every Arsenal matchday squad for their November matches but did not feature for Arsene Wenger’s side.

December

Hector played three times in December and assisted Olivier Giroud for his second goal against Newcastle United. Speaking at the end of the year, the defender said: “From the beginning of this year, I’ve been with the first team and being involved in the games that I have played in has been the highlight for me. The trust I’ve been getting and the minutes I’ve been playing, plus just being around the first team has been the highlight of it.”

January

Hector played three times in January, helping Arsenal keep consecutive clean sheets against Hull City, Stoke City and Manchester City.

February

Hector impressed in February, playing four games and scoring his first Arsenal goal in a 5-0 win against Aston Villa. Speaking after the Villa victory, the defender said: “The fact that I am playing every week for Arsenal, at just 19 years old, is something that I am really proud of. I need to keep working every week because that's the reason why I'm here at the moment.”

March

Hector featured in five of Arsenal’s six games in March, completing 90 minutes on three occasions.

April

Hector played the full 90 minutes on three occasions and scored against Liverpool as he continued to establish himself in the first-team squad. The defender was also named man of the match for his impressive performance against Chelsea, where he kept PFA Player of the Year Eden Hazard quiet and helped secure a clean sheet.

May

Hector started all six of Arsenal’s games in May and won his first senior trophy as the Gunners lifted their 12th FA Cup with a 4-0 win against Aston Villa. Speaking after the game, he said: “This is a dream that everyone has as a kid to win a trophy like this in a stadium like for a club like this, with all these players. I have no words, I’m just so happy.”