ARSENAL outcast Hector Bellerin joined childhood club Real Betis on a season-long loan after the Gunners struck a deal to sign Bologna right-back Takehiro Tomiyasu.

The Spain star, 26, was the Gunners’ longest-serving player but had been linked with a move all summer.

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Hector Bellerin has joined Real Betis on loan after being frozen by Mikel ArtetaCredit: Getty

Bellerin hasn’t appeared in any of Arsenal’s first three Premier League games, with Calum Chambers and Cedric Soares being preferred.

And after ten years in north London – and with Bologna right-back Takehiro Tomiyasu, 22, who is expected to join Arsenal after Arsenal were awarded a £ 19.5million contract – the defender has joined the Betis childhood club.

In a statement on his club’s website, Arsenal wrote: “Everyone at Arsenal wishes Hector the best of luck with Real Betis this season.”

Bellerin arrived at Arsenal from Barcelona in 2013, then aged just 16, under Arsène Wenger.

The four-cap Spain star spent a season on loan at Watford, but quickly established himself in the Gunners’ first eleven on his return.

After becoming the club’s first choice right-back, he quickly gained the admiration of former club Barcelona – but a decision never materialized.

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And after falling down the pecking order under Mikel Arteta, Bellerin eventually returned to Spain to play for his childhood club.

Bellerin has won the FA Cup three times and also finished second in the League Cup and Europa League respectively in 2018 and 2019, making 239 appearances in total.

Now, the new kid Tomiyasu hopes to have as much – if not more – success than Bellerin after his move to the Emirates.

North London rivals Tottenham were also keen on the Japan ace, but instead made a £ 26million transfer to Emerson Royal.

Arsenal believe Tomiyasu can fit in from the right side of a back four, or a back three.


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