By Harvey Byrne
Hector Bellerin shared a highlight reel of his time at Arsenal on Twitter after signing a new deal on Monday afternoon.
The official club website announced that the 21-year-old had signed a “new long-term contract” with Arsene Wenger’s team.
The deal follows numerous links between Bellerin and former club Barcelona as well as cash-rich Manchester City.
However, the active social media user posted on his personal Twitter account after signing his new contract that “this is my home” and “the club who gave me my first opportunity” as he now holds a strong affinity to the north London side.
Joining from the Catalan giants at the age of 16 Bellerin has established himself as one of the club’s star players.
Taking over the right-back position from the injury plagued Mathieu Debuchy in the 2014-15 campaign the Spain international has not looked back.
The bright prospect has featured in 87 encounters for Arsenal in all competitions and starred as the Gunners won the FA Cup in 2015.
He also received individual acknowledgement in the last campaign as he was named the right-back in the PFA Team of the Year and was the only Arsenal player to feature.
The young starlet is currently sidelined with an ankle ligament, but fans will be keen to see him back in their side as soon as possible as they look to mount a title challenge.
Football Insider verdict:
The new deal will come as a huge boost to the Gunners, who have become a bit of a feeder club to the bigger sides when they have come calling for Arsene Wenger’s star players in recent years. It will taste especially sweet for Wenger and his staff following the Cesc Fabregas and Barcelona saga, which saw some dubious tactics from the Spanish giants in order to secure the Spaniard’s return. This is now a step in the right direction for Arsenal as they also look to secure Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez to new deals while also ending their 12-year wait for a league title.
In other Arsenal news, Wenger must resist making too many changes against Paris-Saint Germain in the week.