20-year-old Héctor Bellerín has been a revelation for Arsenal in the wake of injuries to Mathieu Debuchy.
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In recent weeks Arsenal’s 20-year-old right-back Héctor Bellerín has emerged as more of a necessity for the club than a luxury due to injuries to Mathieu Debuchy. But Bellerín says he has no regrets about leaving his home in Spain to join the Gunners at such a young age.
In an interview with Arsenal’s official website, Bellerín says he feels like a man now and has really grown up thanks to his new responsibilities on the pitch.
“I left there as a kid and now I feel like a man,” Bellerín said. “I’ve grown up a lot because I left at 16 to come to another country, another culture.
“You really have to grow up and there’s a lot of things that have changed. When I was there I used to play as a winger and now I’m playing as a defender. I feel I’ve grown up on and off the pitch and I feel really confident now as a right back.
“I’ve only played there for four years but I’m feeling really confident that I can play there, and that I’m proving to everyone that I can play in the Arsenal first team.
“Sometimes you only get once chance and I took it,” Bellerín added. “I’m really happy with my decision, I’m really enjoying my football and I’m really enjoying living in London. I’ve got my family over here as well so I’m really settled in the club. I’m really enjoying myself.”
Bellerín scored his first goal for Arsenal on February 1, 2015 in a 5-0 win over Arsenal. Two months later in a vital game against Liverpool, he scored the opening goal of a 4-1 victory.