As confirmed by the club’s official website, the London giants defender Hector Bellerin has departed Arsenal on a season-long loan deal to Real Betis. A product of Barcelona’s fabled La Masia youth setup, Hector joined the Gunners at a very young age in the summer of 2011.
A year later, Bellerin had signed his professional deal, and after a loan stint at Watford, the right-back became a first-team regular for Arsenal under then-coach Arsene Wenger.
There have been times when his form has been up and down while injuries also have had an impact on his skills, but the Spanish right-back has still managed to rack up a total of 239 appearances for the Gunners while winning three FA Cups and two FA Community Shield titles.
However, Bellerin had been struggling for playing time under new coach Mikel Arteta, managing only 25 games in the PL last campaign. And, with Arsenal on the verge of signing Takehiro Tomiyasu from Bologna, it was clear that the Spanish defender’s time at Arsenal was nearing its end.
And, it has indeed now been confirmed that Hector has returned to his homeland, Spain, joining Real Betis on loan for the rest of the 2021/22 campaign. The Spanish right-back has taken a pay cut to join the Verdiblancos, while they do not have the option of making the transfer of Hector permanent either.
It has been a strange transfer window for the Gunners, whose spending has not reflected in terms of improvement within the squad.