Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin has heaped praise upon manager Arsene Wenger for his insistence on bringing young players through the academy into the first team, and took a swipe at fellow title rivals Manchester City and Chelsea for their big spending, the Metro reports.
Bellerin was brought to north London from Barcelona back in 2011, and Wenger had been impressed enough with his progress to hand him 20 appearances last season, ending the season as the club’s first choice right-back.
The Gunners may have spent £42.4m on Mesut Ozil in 2013, and £35m on Alexis Sanchez 12 months later, but they have splashed considerably less cash than their rivals over the course of the past decade.
But Bellerin isn’t concerned with how often the chequebook has been broken out, as he deems the promotion of the club’s academy players to be more paramount.
“The fans rate that Arsenal don’t just buy players – they make them the players they are,” Bellerin Arsenal’s official website.
“Arsenal fans are really proud of that and I think that’s a great thing.
“When players like Francis [Coquelin], Jack [Wilshere] or myself come up, the fans should be proud that their team is doing what they’re doing.
“That’s a great thing Arsenal do.”
Bellerin ended the season on a high, picking up an FA Cup winners medal after starting in the final against Aston Villa.
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