He admitted that he never saw himself playing in a defensive position but has since developed into a first team regular for the gunners. In an interview Bellarin revealed his story and the reasons why he choose Arsene wenger’s side over the Catalan Giants.
“When you get to 16 at Barcelona, it’s the age that you sign your main contract. I was about to sign that, but we knew there were a lot of other options because you always get them from other teams at that time. I didn’t have the option to come to arsenal until I was right about to sign with Barcelona,” Bellerin said.
“When it came, they were so serious about it, more serious than any other team. They made me feel really wanted. I came here for a weekend. I met the boss and I remember (Aaron) Ramsey scoring. I still have all those images in my mind. To be 16 years old, to be able to speak to the boss and get reassured that they really wanted me, plus seeing all the facilities at the training ground and how easy they were going to make it for me to adapt, it all made me tell my parents that I wanted to come here. I remember I was on the phone back and I already said to my mum that I wanted to come to arsenal. My mum was like, ‘are you sure you can leave your family and friends?’ but there was something inside telling me this was the right choice to make and, at the moment, I’m very happy that I made that step.” He concluded.
Bellarin has started in 20 games for Arsenal this season and only getting one booking in the process. He has maintained 7 clean sheets so far in 14 league appearances making 37 clearances in the process and making crucial runs in counter-attacks and providing assists.