‘The baby is back’ – Hector Bellerin pictured at boyhood club Barcelona for first time after free transfer from Arsenal

    HECTOR BELLERIN has arrived back at Barcelona following his transfer from Arsenal.

    The Spain international completed a free transfer to the La Liga giants on Thursday – ending his 11-year love affair with the Gunners.

    Barcelona announced the signing of Hector Bellerin on a free transfer on Thursday

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    Barcelona announced the signing of Hector Bellerin on a free transfer on ThursdayCredit: FC BARCELONA
    The former Arsenal man was spotted at the Nou Camp on Friday

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    The former Arsenal man was spotted at the Nou Camp on FridayCredit: FC BARCELONA
    Bellerin was a product of Barcelona's academy

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    Bellerin was a product of Barcelona’s academyCredit: FC BARCELONA

    And the full-back was spotted arriving at the Nou Camp on Friday.

    Barcelona’s official Twitter account tweeted a video of the 27-year-old in the stadium this afternoon.

    Bellerin said: “Hey Culers, I’m back in Barcelona. Visca el Barca (Long live Barca).”

    A Barcelona fan account shared an image of the Spain international wearing a club polo shirt with the accompanying caption: “The baby is back!”

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    Bellerin joined Arsenal from Barcelona’s academy at the age of 16 and went on to make 239 appearances for the north Londoners.

    Leaving the Emirates wasn’t easy for the defender, who said in a statement: “Hello Gunners.

    “Feels like it was only a couple of years ago when I touched down in London for the very first time.

    “From day one I truly felt at home and I’ve said time and time again how this city has shaped me into who I am, and how much I owe it.

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    “It’s with a lot of sadness that today I say goodbye to this club, the fans, the staff, the players and our family all together.

    “There’s been highs, so high, and lows, so low, but I’ve enjoyed thoroughly every single experience I’ve lived with you Gunners.

    “It’s not always been easy being an Arsenal player these past 11 years, but it’s always been an honour to carry the weight of this badge and defend it almost 250 times in front of you all.

    “I want to thank Arsene, Francis, the late Steve Rowley, Steve Bould, Neil Banfield, Unai Emery, Freddie Ljungberg and Mikel.

    “Thank you to the staff who work tirelessly for us to have it all ready when we step onto the pitch.

    “Physios, conditioning coaches, doctors, chefs, kit men, cleaners, security, and everyone else who is a part of this family.

    “Thank you to the players who have made my time here unforgettable.

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    “And most importantly, thank you Gunners, thank you for your continued support throughout all these years, for how supportive you were in the good and the bad, for how enjoyable it’s been to play in this beautiful stadium and for sharing together every single step of this journey of mine.

    “With the sadness of a goodbye, but the excitement of a new beginning, I say to you all THANK YOU. Once a Gunner, always a Gunner.”

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