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‘Hector Bellerin is a key figure in the Arsenal dressing room’

Mikel Arteta said the full-back was a ‘key figure’ in the Arsenal dressing room.

Hector Bellerin is finally rediscovering his rhythm, according to Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, who also hailed the full-back’s influence in the dressing room. The 25-year-old suffered a serious knee injury at the start of 2019 which saw him miss nine months of action. It was the first time Bellerin had missed a prolonged spell, but the Spain international is now a regular under Arteta, starting every Premier League game so far this season.

He is likely to return to the side for Sunday’s visit of Aston Villa, having been rested for the Europa League win over Molde, with Arteta highlighting Bellerin’s recent improvements.

“I think when you have a big injury like that it can take almost a year for your brain to reset and accept that injury and biomechanically become the same player,” he…

Mark Mann-Bryans

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