Before the weekend, Héctor Bellerín led the Premier League in ‘clear cut chances created’.
After the weekend, it would be a surprise if anything has changed. The 20-year-old was absolutely superb for Arsenal, constantly threatening down the right flank and eventually getting his first assist of the season.
A brilliant run saw him beat Nathan Aké and cut inside before rolling the ball perfectly into Aaron Ramsey’s path. The Arsenal defender can do no wrong on the front foot as well as protecting his own goal brilliantly.
“I was a right winger before so it is always nice when I have the space up front to go forward and hopefully I can help the team like that,” the Spaniard told Arsenal.com after the team’s win at Vicarage Road.
A strong Watford team posed a huge threat, but Bellerín handled everything that came his way brilliantly when he was asked to defend.
“I think that Watford were very, very physical for the whole game and they were running out towards the end and we took profit from that,” he added.
“They have very strong players up front and they are a handful especially players like Troy [Deeney] and I think we dealt with them and when we could play with the ball we did that.”
Bellerín did that more than most – only central midfielders Santo Cazorla and Francis Coquelin had more touches of the ball than the right-back.
An outlet on the front foot, Arsenal looked dangerous whenever Bellerín found space on the right. Hopefully it’s a sign of things to come, as he becomes increasingly important to the way the Gunners attack.