Hector Bellerin confirms he ‘left Arsenal to win trophies’ with Betis: ‘I’m not here for a holiday’
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On-loan Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has, on Monday evening, provided an insight into his ambitions with Real Betis.
La Liga return
The name of Spanish full-back Bellerin of course took centre stage in the media chatter on the red half of North London throughout the recently-closed summer transfer window.
This came with the 26-year-old, on the back of another difficult campaign at the Emirates, having been hotly tipped for an exit.
Mikel Arteta was long known to have been on the lookout for reinforcements to the right side of his backline, with such an addition, in the end, having ultimately been forthcoming in the form of Japanese international Takehiro Tomiyasu.
Arsenal’s Japanese defender Takehiro Tomiyasu (L) vies with Norwich City’s Scottish midfielder Billy Gilmour during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Norwich City at the Emirates Stadium in London on September 11, 2021 (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
This, in turn, opened the door for Bellerin to finally move on, albeit only on a temporary basis.
The Barcelona youth product secured a return to his home country, to line out with Real Betis in La Liga for the remainder of the 2021/22 campaign.
‘Not here for a holiday’
And, as outlined above, on Monday evening, Bellerin has opened up on his ambitions for his season-long stint in Andalusia.
Speaking ahead of Betis’ Europa League meeting with Celtic this coming Thursday, the on-loan Arsenal man was drawn on the Scottish giants, and opened by explaining:
‘To play against Celtic will be special because they’re such a big club with a big history.’
‘Celtic will be a tough rival but I’m optimistic. At Betis, we’re obliged to get the three points.’
‘We have already watched the derby against Rangers and that result puts pressure on Celtic.’
LEICESTER, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 09: Hector Bellerin of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Arsenal FC at The King Power Stadium on November 09, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Bellerin wasn’t finished there, though, and went on to confirm that he ‘left Arsenal to win things’ in the colours of Betis, with Celtic simply the first obstacle en route to Europa League glory:
‘If we can dominate the ball against them, we can get the win we need. I’ve left Arsenal to win things with Real Betis. I’m not here for a holiday.’
Bellerin on Betis’ match against Celtic:
“If we can dominate the ball against them, we can get the win we need. I’ve left Arsenal to win things with Real Betis. I’m not here for a holiday.” 🟢 pic.twitter.com/05jVZlI1OZ
— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) September 13, 2021