Hector Bellerin may only be 20 years old but he seems to already a permanent fixture in Arsenal’s starting line-up, despite only coming into the side in September of last year. When Francis Coquelin joined him in the New Year the club went on an excellent run of form to lift them back up to third, and Hector is extremely pleased with his rapid progress, but he admitted that it was not always an easy ride.
“I learnt so many things about myself,” he told Arsenal Player. “I learnt how to deal with pressure. That was one of the biggest things.
“When you get thrown into such big games at such a young age, it’s difficult to deal with.
“I think the biggest thing was probably after being defeated by Stoke away and being substituted after 45 minutes, it would have been easier to be destroyed by the situation.
“For me it was just something where the boss thought it was a better option to have another player in my position, I didn’t need to worry about it but just keep training hard and then show him in the next game that I can do better than how I did.
“That’s what I learnt about myself – that I could deal with those situations and I think that’s important if you want to be a professional footballer.
“I don’t think I could have been in a better group to have my breakthrough season. I had experienced players that helped me in every situation, then I had young players and I think we gave the team that fresh air.
“I think players like Francis also had his breakthrough season last year so I was very happy to share those moments with him because I’ve known him for a long time as well.
“It’s important to have that mix in the team, and to be part of that team, especially with how successful we were in the second half of the season, is something I feel really proud of.”
Bellerin ended up making 25 starts by the end of last season, and has already made 6 in this campaign. He is a very exciting prospect and if the youngster can stay fit he could establish himself as one of the best right backs in the business.
Go out and do the business today, Hector! COYG!