Source : Arsenal.com
The Spanish RB put pen to paper today on what some papers are claiming to be a 6 years contract worth £100k/wk. This is a victory for Arsène and Arsenal in so many ways.
It’s a statement of intent to other European superpowers that we are no more a selling club who serve as their academy. Before now, FC Barcelona have been tapping him up just like they did Cesc Fabregas and Alex Song. Manchester city were also interested and would have offered him tonnes of money to sway his mind, but Arsène maintained that his long term future was at Arsenal.
“So we try to extend, certainly, his contract. For me, his long term future is here”
Secondly, it’s a victory for Arsenal because our ideals are still relevant even in an era where buying, as opposed to developing youngsters is the order of the day for most European super powers. Rewind back four years ago, no one cared about a young teenager from Barcelona’s academy who arrived at London with zero reputation. Fast forward four years, he’s the best Right back in England and arguably the best in Europe.
He’s still only 21 years of age, hence his best years are ahead of him. Hector’s stats speaks for him; directly involved in 9 goals in 44 appearances across all competitions last term. It’s a world class performance for a right back. His pace, his positional sense, his fighting spirit, his skills, quick thinking and competitiveness set him apart as one of a kind.
Here’s to Hector, here is to another 6 years of scintillating Right back displays for Arsenal, here is to stamping your name as the best Right back of your generation. Congratulations!