By Emma Sanders

Hector Bellerin wants to pay back Arsene Wenger’s trust in him after the defender admitted he didn’t have a great start to life at Arsenal.

The right-back has been excellent so far this season but is currently out of action after picking up a knee injury during the 1-1 draw against Tottenham last month.

He has become a mainstay in the Arsenal team and, talking in the Mirror, Bellerin was full of praise for the manager, claiming it was Wenger that persuaded him to sign and stay at the club.

“Arsene was really influential for me on the moment when I signed to come over here. He was one of the reasons why I signed with the club,” Bellerin said.

“Just the confidence he has given me, especially after not the greatest debut at Dortmund. From then, I always knew I wanted to pay him off and that’s what I’m doing right now and obviously that is why I wanted to stay at the club.”

Bellerin made 14 appearances in the Premier League and the Champions League prior to picking up the injury but has been forced to miss the last four clashes against Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Bournemouth and Southampton.

Since joining the club in July 2012, Bellerin had to wait patiently for his opportunity in the first team and he didn’t make his debut until the 2-0 defeat against Borussia Dortmund in September 2014.

The 21-year-old is considered one of Arsenal’s most consistent players now and has produced a number of impressive displays this season.

In his absence, Arsenal have played Carl Jenkinson, Gabriel and Mathieu Debuchy in the full-back position and it’s clear the Gunners are missing Bellerin. It will be a huge boost when he makes his return.

In other Arsenal news, Martin Keown has given this damning verdict on the Gunners’ EFL Cup exit.