He’s been gaining applause as the new star of the Arsenal team and some big clubs in Europe are already looking to take him away but Hector Bellerin has revealed that his strong performances this season have come from an unwillingness to sit long on the bench.
The 19-year old has been a revelation this term following his promotion to the first team and despite not being a regular immediately after initially catching the eye with a great game against Benfica in the Emirates Cup earlier this season, injury to Mattieu Debuchy and a determined will to be better has seen him established as the first choice right back since the turn of the year.
Speaking to the Arsenal official match day programme for the game against Middlesbrough, the La Masia graduate said:
“Suddenly you find yourself playing every week and it’s a nice feeling because it’s not as if you are playing for just any team, you are playing for Arsenal” according to Arsenal.com
“So the fact that I am playing every week for Arsenal, at just 19 years old, is something that I am really proud of.
“I’m really grateful to the people who have given me the chance, and the fact that we are getting some wins as well is really nice and I’m very happy about it.
As far as ratings for his performances, Hector has moved on strongly in the eyes of most observers. From his horrific Champions League debut at Dortmund in September, to an all-action display in the League against Newcastle in December, followed by a mature game at the Etihad in January has seen his qualities highlighted as those found in most of the best modern full backs. He has even scored his first Arsenal goal, a real thing of beauty for a defender but he is under no illusions that his place has now been sealed in the Arsenal starting xi.
“I just want to work harder to show the coach that I am ready to play the next game as well. That’s how it has to be.
“You can’t take anything for granted because you can have a bad game and then you will find yourself on the bench.
“So whatever the performances are like, you need to keep working every week and I think that’s the reason why I’m here at the moment.”
Not in the squad for the Boro game, he would have noticed Calum Chambers had a good game and while that may not affect his place against Monaco, it’s good he knows he will have to always be on his toes to stay ahead of the former Saints man.
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