Mikel Arteta believes that Hector Bellerin has all the attributes to become Arsenal’s future right back.
The Spanish teenager is held in high regard at the Emirates and made his first start for the club in Dortmund last week with Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers sidelined.
Bellerin is in line to feature in Tuesday's Capital One Cup tie against Southampton and Arteta is predicting a bright future for his compatriot.
"Mentally, he handles what is requested to play at the highest level. He's got pace, he's got technique and he's a very positive guy"
“I think he's a top player,” the captain told the official matchday programme.
“He can be the right back of Arsenal for many years in my opinion, provided he gets the chance. Mentally, he handles what is requested to play at the highest level. He's got pace, he's got technique and he's a very positive guy.
"I talk to Hector a lot. He's been around for years and we've been talking to each other for a long time. I know him well because he's taken part in pre-season a few times with us already.
“He's a very confident guy and we treat him as any other player because he's part of our squad. Hopefully he's going to become a top player at the club.”
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