Bellerin can be the best in the world, says ex-Arsenal star Lauren

The 21-year-old has impressed since breaking into the Arsenal first-team and one of his predecessors is sure he can reach the pinnacle of the game

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has been tipped to become the world’s best right-back by former Gunners star Lauren.

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Bellerin left Barcelona’s youth system to join Arsenal in 2011 and has developed into a key part of Arsene Wenger’s plans over the last three seasons.

Lauren, who won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups with the Gunners and was an important component of the fabled ‘Invincibles’ side of 2003-04, says Bellerin boasts the potential to surpass anyone else in his position.

“Hector is world class,” he told Arsenal Player of the 21-year-old.

“He’s still young and he still needs to work on some things, but he’s a very, very good player and a very good right-back.

“If he carries on the way he’s going, he can become the best right-back in the world.”

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Bellerin has made 18 appearances in all competitions this season, despite struggling with an ankle problem throughout November.

He signed a new long-term contract last month to commit his future to the Emirates Stadium, despite reported interest from Manchester City and Barca.

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