Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta explains why Hector Bellerin’s Real Betis move was necessary

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has applauded loanee Hector Bellerin’s skills and also explained why it was the right time for the Spaniard to join Real Betis.

“To find someone like Hector is not easy, he’s been raised here with us and is loved by everybody at the football club. I had to say goodbye with sadness but at the same time, I had to understand his position,” Arteta said in a recent interview.

The 26-year-old joined Arsenal‘s youth academy from Barcelona a decade ago. He then climbed his way up to the senior team. The Spaniard struck nine goals and registered 29 assists in his 239 appearances for the Gunners.

Arteta feels that Bellerin has been needing a new challenge for a while, hence, joining the La Liga side will help him improve his skills. He was making £110,000-a-week at Arsenal. “After discussions for a long time, we decided to let him go because it was the right thing for him as well.”

Bellerin used to play as a right-back for the Gunners, a position where the Arsenal fans will be seeing Takehiro Tomiyasu more often now. The Japan defender adds versatility to Arteta’s squad as the 22-year-old can operate at centre-back too.

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