Hector Bellerin has joined Barcelona on a permanent transfer after eleven years with us.
Hector joined us in July 2011 and has made 239 first-team appearances, winning the FA Cup three times and the FA Community Shield twice. He has also represented his country at all levels, from under-16s to the senior team, being a member of Spain’s Euro 2016 squad.
The 27-year-old defender was born in Barcelona and spent the early stages of his youth career at Barca Academy, before joining us at the age of 16 and then signing his first professional contract at the age of 17 years in 2012.
He made his first-team debut in the League Cup in September 2013, before spending a loan spell in the Championship with Watford that season to gain valuable first-team experience.
Hector quickly became a dynamic full-back and enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2013/14, capping off the campaign by being in the starting line-up for the FA Cup final win over Aston Villa. He was named in the Premier League Team of the Season for 2015/16.
Last season, Hector enjoyed a successful loan spell with Real Betis, being a regular in the team and winning the Copa Del Rey.
Mikel Arteta had this to say about Hector: “Today we say goodbye to Hector and thank him so much for his loyalty and commitment to Arsenal Football Club. In his 11 years with Arsenal, Hector won three FA Cups and made nearly 250 appearances – such a contribution to the club. I am privileged to have played in the same team as Hector for three seasons, to wear the Arsenal shirt and to share many great moments together on and off the football pitch. We thank you Hector and wish you and your family the best for your return to Barcelona.
Everyone at Arsenal thanks Hector for his contribution during his 11 years with us and wishes him and his family the best of health and happiness in his new chapter.
The agreement is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.
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