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Arteta defends Hector Bellerin, hands major hope to fans

Timothy Aiyeku

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has defended Spanish defender Hector Bellerin over his performance at the club and handed hope to the fans that he is now getting better in training and matches.

Hector Bellerin started his Arsenal career on a high note and gave the impression of a player that would be great for the club but he ended up dipping in his performance after returning from an injury in 2019.

The Spanish rightback had surgery on his ACL in January 2019 and he was never the same when he returned but the situation is returning back to normal for him this season.

Hector Bellerin can boast to be one of the best legs at the Emirates Stadium this season as he had handed four assists in 10 appearances in the Premier League this term.

Mikel Arteta noted that any player with such an injury usually takes time before he is back to his best, adding that it takes about a year for the brain to rest and accept “Injury and biomechanically become the same player”.

He added that after rediscovering his performance, there is a need to struggle for consistency in the number of minutes so as to get stronger physically before anything good can be seen of him.

“He is more confident, he is playing regularly, he is able to do more things, he ends the game in a much better way physically and he recovers better. What happens, happens, but his performances are getting better.” Mikel Arteta said.

However, Hector Bellerin has been invited back to the Spanish national team for the next international duty after missing out.

the last time he was called for a national assignment was in 2016. This is a proof that the Barcelona academy product is back to his best.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.